FeRFA AGM & BEST PRACTICE AWARDS POSTPONED
The FeRFA Council has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the 2020 Apprentice Graduation and Awards Ceremony until June 2021.
Council has taken the view that there is currently insufficient clarity as to whether large indoor gatherings will be permitted or safe by the time of the planned date in November. It is also not clear whether FeRFA members, who understandably have other key priorities at this time, will have sufficient resources available to compile their entries in time for the necessary entry and judging process to take place.
FeRFA was on track to recognise its 150th NVQ Level 2 Graduate at the Awards this year, but this may not be possible due to the restrictions imposed on face-to-face training and assessments. Following ongoing discussions with training partners and CITB, it is aimed to ensure a speedy return to training when safe to do so.
To ensure a new date for the event, the FeRFA Secretariat has been working closely with the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, who have been very supportive in what is also a difficult situation for them currently, and we have settled on a mutually agreeable date of 11 June 2021.
Bookings for the new date will become available in due course and FeRFA looks forward to a different and successful Awards event in June 2021, the first annual awards to be held outside Autumn since the event began in 2002.
“We are sure that members and the whole industry will understand and support this very difficult decision,” says Mark Spowage, CEO. “There is simply too much uncertainty around the original November date to enable us to proceed. Our principal concern is for the safety of everyone attending the Awards and for all those involved in the event in any way. We now look forward to seeing everyone in Wales next summer, when we’re confident that our Awards can take place with the same quality, style and success that we have enjoyed over many years. We hope that all our members, friends and family stay safe and well and we thank you for your continued support.”
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