Supporting with the 2021 Census

In conjunction with the Good Things Foundation and the ONS, BMH Training will be supporting the local community by offering a Census Support service throughout March, April and May. However, due to the National Lockdown we are unable to offer face-to-face support but will be able to offer support in many other ways.

How to access our Services

Our staff will be on hand to deliver one to one support over online chat, over the phone, Microsoft Teams and Zoom throughout the Census.

To book an appointment contact us on 01942 261 342, census@bmhtraining.co.uk or by clicking the Live Chat bubble in the bottom right of the website. If you would prefer, you can also use our Contact Form and we can get in touch with you.

Example image of the Census Live Chat bubble
Example of the Live Chat Bubble on the BMH Training Website

What is the Census?

According to the Office of National Statistics the Census is:

… a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Office of National Statistics, 2021 About the census – Census 2021

Your household will receive an invitation to take part in the Census 2021 any time now, look out for it and if you feel that you may struggle with it, get in touch.

Opening Hours
During the Census we will be open as follows:

  • Monday – 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday – 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday – 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday – 9am to 8pm
  • Friday – 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 3pm
COVID-19 at BMH Training Limited

Over the past year, we have had to change the way we do business and while the centre is closed our classes continue online. In the centre, we have made several significant changes to ease the transition back into classes safer for our staff and clients.

Hand-Sanitizer

We have installed automatic hand sanitiser stations throughout the centre, including on the wall on the way in, one at the top of the stairs and outside each classroom. We have replaced the handwash in the toilet with an automatic dispenser. Make sure to utilize these at every opportunity while you are in the centre.

Social Distancing

New guidelines are in place for how people enter the building, access the classrooms and a new seating plan. Learners will now sit 6-ft apart unless they are in a bubble or the same household. In our computer room, we have installed plastic screens between computers.

At the moment we can only have limited numbers of clients in the building. If you are unsure as to whether you should be in class please talk to your tutor.

Face Masks

Face masks should be worn at all times upon entering the building, in the corridors and kitchen and when leaving the centre. You can remove your mask once seated in the classroom if you feel comfortable. Our tutors will be wearing face visors and/or masks throughout the sessions. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, please make sure your class tutor is aware before you attend your class.

Virtual Learning

We have several different courses still ongoing including:

  • The Wigan Skills and Learning Functional Skills classes have moved online.
  • A new virtual Community English Zoom class.
  • There are currently no plans to move our basic digital courses onto Zoom but we can offer one to one advice on an ad-hoc basis.
  • We have several CPD certified courses available for purchase.  

We are scheduled to reopen the centre on 01/03/2021 to the Community English and Essential Digital Skills cohorts. This date is based upon current government guidance could change.

Lockdown Learning: Why Now Is The Perfect Time to Gain New Skills
Woman working on a laptop with a notebook in her lap.

It goes without saying that the past year has been tough on all of us. But despite all the chaos that Covid-19 has brought to the world, recruiters are still continuing to scour CVs and cover letters in search of the perfect candidate.

If you’re considering a career change in 2021, it’s well worth assessing your current skill set to see if there are any other avenues to explore and give your CV that extra something to help you stand out. And one really positive thing that’s come out of this “new normal” is the ability to work - and learn - from home. Gone are the days when learning new skills meant committing yourself to a night class after work every week; with online learning you can now soak up all that extra knowledge in the comfort of your own home, on a schedule that works for you.

There’s a huge range of resources available to help you broaden your horizons, from lunchtime TED Talks to YouTube videos. But when it comes to really impress potential bosses, nothing beats courses and qualifications that show you know your stuff. Let’s take a look at some of the skills that recruiters are most likely to be looking out for in 2021.

IT Skills

Computer literacy has long been considered an essential skill when it comes to the workplace, but never more so than it is today. With so many of us being expected to work remotely, employers need peace of mind that the people in their team are able to get on with their work with minimal supervision, whilst keeping customer information safe and secure.

Brushing up your IT skills and gaining a certificate demonstrates to recruiters that you’re up to date with the most commonly used business software, and that you understand how to look after their valuable data.

Social Media

Pretty much everyone is on social media these days, and that goes for businesses too. Being able to contribute to an organisation’s online presence can be invaluable, representing significant time saving as well as enabling them to reach new customers. There are some great YouTube tutorials to help you boost your knowledge and give you another skill to add to your CV.

GDPR

The new data protection regulations introduced in May 2018 represented a huge shift in how organisations view and manage customer data, but many employers are still struggling to keep up to date with their responsibilities. A certificate that demonstrates you understand how the GDPR should be used in the workplace can be incredibly attractive to employers. Find out more here

Being stuck at home is frustrating and isolating, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn a new skill.  From basket weaving to watercolours, languages to music making, there’s a wealth of information out there for you to make use of.

Here at BMH Training we offer an extensive selection of learning programmes for adults, from essential life skills to Health and Safety - and much more! Our CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) courses will be of particular interest to recruiters and give your application a real impact - see for yourself!