A message from the Vice President for AIS Training and Survivex, Paul Knowles:
"As a leading training organisation we place the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and business partner above everything else and we have carefully considered the implications of the government announcement last night and we have taken the decision to temporarily close our training facilities in Aberdeen and Newcastle with immediate effect. This closure will be enacted today and will continue in line with Government advice but will only affect our physical training delivery with a backoffice support in place remotely.
"AIS Training and Survivex have worked hard over the last few years to cement our position as a leading training provider to the UK Energy Sector and it is incumbent upon us to lead by example by closing our facilities today. We believe this decision was in the best interests of our staff, delegates, customers and the wider community and whilst it was not an easy decision we do believe it is in the National Interest to help us combat COVID-19.
"We will continue to remotely support our clients with a number of our team members working from home to ensure continuity of services so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries. We have been testing our contingency plans over the last week and are confident our remote working arrangements are robust and sufficient to deliver services during this period of closure.
"Our priority today will be to reach out to all of our affected delegates and clients who have training bookings with us in the next few weeks to help them to reschedule their training to alternative dates. All bookings will continue to be amended free of charge and any delegates partially way through courses will have alternative arrangements made in line with accrediting body guidelines.
"We continue to offer our clients creative solutions to ensure we can provide them with a training service during this period including virtual classrooms, digital training and other remote teaching methods. Our sales team will be reaching out to clients over the coming days to discuss specific requirements.
"We thank all of our customers for their continuing support but now ask you to stay home and stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future."