We want to help businesses during this challenging time so we have now lowered fees by 20% on our City & Guilds training programmes until the end of June, giving businesses the chance to offer training to their staff who might be furloughed at home. We hope this will help you to keep staff motivated during the lockdown and increase their skills in readiness for their return to work.

According to government advice, furloughed staff can undertake training while they are at home without it affecting their eligibility for pay (subject to pay levels, see below).

So now is an excellent time to encourage your staff to complete the training programmes you have already bought or to invest in training, which will also help with pet shop/animal activity licensing requirements.

Our Foundation and Advanced Training programmes can easily be studied at home. They are delivered online on a device of your choice (computer, tablet or smart phone), using our eLearning platform, at a pace to suit the student.

Both courses consist of four modules covering water quality, filtration, fish biology and fish health. The Foundation Programme offers an excellent introduction to the key concepts of fish-keeping for beginners while the Advanced Programme is a more detailed and comprehensive course for people with previous experience. Once completed successfully, your staff will have a City & Guilds accredited certificate.

Both courses were designed by aquatics experts and are well-recognised within the industry and by licensing authorities.

Our 20% discount comes on top of the discount already offered to OATA members on training packages and is available to all.

Full training programme costs to the end of June
Member price Non-Member price Member price Non-Member price
£208 (was £260)
You save £52
£356 (was £445)
You save £89
  £112 (was £140)
You save £28
£124 (was £155)
You save £31

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Government guidance on training for furloughed staff

Please note this guidance from the Government if you have furloughed staff, who can undertake training while they are being paid.

If your employee undertakes training

Furloughed employees can engage in training, as long as in undertaking the training the employee does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation. Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training.

Where training is undertaken by furloughed employees, at the request of their employer, they are entitled to be paid at least their appropriate national minimum wage for this time. In most cases, the furlough payment of 80% of an employee’s regular wage, up to the value of £2,500, will provide sufficient monies to cover these training hours. However, where the time spent training attracts a minimum wage entitlement in excess of the furlough payment, employers will need to pay the additional wages (see National Minimum Wage Section for more details).