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5th August 2020

I don’t think any of us could ever really comprehend the impact this would have on all of our lives and as we begin to gradually ease out of lockdown and resume some kind of ‘normality’, we are all wondering what’s going to happen next.

If you’re anything like me, when I first heard about the Covid-19, I thought ‘That doesn’t sound too good, but we’ll be ok, it’s over in China – it won’t affect us’ – how wrong was I?

Tragically, many businesses are having to close permanently following the pandemic as the loss of earnings to business has just had too greater impact financially. Other business owners have been able to re-open, but with that comes hard decisions. How many business owners reading this have had to consider cutting staff and make people redundant?

The massive decision to make redundancies is not only a huge blow to employers, who face the guilt of letting staff go and the struggles they will face with fewer staff, but also the impact and devastation it leaves employees who three months ago had a job and are now facing the daunting task of finding a new job in an already struggling economy.

Many employers will not only feel terrible about having to let staff go, and the worries they now face keeping their business afloat, but also all the stress of ensuring they follow the correct policies and procedures to make their staff redundant, and how to go about it.

If you are an employee leaving a job you’ve done for years, you might worry you don’t know how to do anything else, and having to face finding a job in, let’s face it, a saturated market with others in the same predicament - you will probably have many questions such as ‘What now?’, ‘How am I going to find work?’, or ‘I have no qualifications or other experience, who’s going to want to hire me?’

It’s scary and daunting, but it needn’t be. HCUK Training has a dedicated programme called Skills Support for Redundancy to help businesses and employees tackle redundancy in a more positive and productive way.

You might find you don’t have a CV, or you haven’t had an interview in who knows how long - since you started work 20 years ago maybe, and that’s what SSR is here for, to help you confidently take that next step.

Above all, if you find yourself in this situation, try to remain positive and upbeat and as difficult as it may seem, try not to worry and stress. These things happen, and sometimes it might be that it turns out for the best – life often has a funny way of doing that.

Maybe you were in a job because it was all you knew, you’d been there years, and was just easier to ‘stay’ rather than take the plunge and do something else, even if you secretly wanted to.

This could be your chance to spread your wings and try something new, retrain, and like I said what seems to be the worst situation right now, could be the best thing that ever happened to you, as you may well find your vocation and calling, because you have been forced to.

Take this opportunity to learn something new and do what you’ve always wanted to but dared not try! You’re not on your own. We’re in this together and we’re here to help, so go ahead – make it happen, we’re with you all the way.

If you are facing redundancy and are worried about finding a new job, Skills Support for Redundancy is here to help you. We run industry-relevant courses across the Humber and Lincolnshire offering online NCFE Level 2 courses, CV workshops and interview preparation among others and if you need a brush up, Level 2 Maths and English too. For more information call Clare in the Humber on 07903 700246 or Lucy on 07944 271 103, who covers Greater Lincolnshire. If you are unemployed, call the Skills Support for the Unemployed team on 01482 598785.