Dear Learners,

As we move into Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening, Equinet will be resuming all face to face (in-person) training from 1 July 2020. Notwithstanding this, online-based classroom (synchronous e-learning) should still continue to be the preferred mode of learning until further announcements from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce and SkillsFuture Singapore.

Do check on the schedules of both face to face and online-based classroom learning here.

Additional Safety Measures for Face to Face classroom training:

Upon entry
When signing in at the reception, trainees will be required to:

  1. Complete a travel declaration form
  2. Take temperature readings
  3. Scan the SafeEntry QR code

Safe Distancing

  1. Desks will be segregated with a minimum of one metre spacing (measured by table legs)
  2. Group projects will be conducted via online tools (e.g google docs)
  3. Drinks and snacks will still be available, but trainees should return to their desks to consume them. Trainees should avoid congregating at the pantry area.

Hygiene

  1. Classrooms will be disinfected daily and common use areas (e.g pantry, reception area) will be disinfected twice daily using NEA recommended disinfectant solutions.
  2. Hand sanitizers will be made available at all desks and common areas (include image)
  3. In line with MOH guidelines, face masks or face shields are to be worn at all times except when consuming food or drinks
  4. Trainees may obtain single-use face masks at the front desk if a replacement is required.

Meals

  1. Bottled water will be provided
  2. Food can be consumed in the classroom, at own desks where safe distancing measures are in place
  3. Tea breaks will be packed in individual servings and served to trainees

Additional measures

  1. Students with flu-like symptoms will be asked to reschedule to another course date.
  2. Temperatures will be taken a second time after lunch

Details of Online-based Classroom Learning Mode:

Learners opting to sign up for e-learning courses may refer to the Online-Based Classroom Learner Guide.

We are currently working on developing training videos that do not include the participation of any attendees.

These training videos are expected to be ready by the 3rd Quarter of this year. It will be uploaded to our learning resource portal at learningportal.equinetacademy.net and made available to existing learners of Equinet for at least a year.

There has never been a more important time to upskill ourselves, so that we will all emerge stronger, together.

Thank you for your support.

Dylan Sun,
CEO, Equinet Academy

Dear Learners,

Following the recent advisory by the multi-ministry task force for COVID-19, we will be converting all face to face classes in June 2020 to online-based classroom learning until further notice. This is to keep in line with the Phase 1 guideline for businesses to reduce activities that require interaction with groups of people. Do check for updates on the release of online classroom dates.

What is the difference between the e-learning and classroom training?

Typically, in a traditional classroom, classes are conducted with 1 trainer to 20 – 25 learners in a cluster or classroom seating format. Group discussions, group presentations, lectures, peer-to-peer coaching are all conducted face-to-face (in person).

In an online-based classroom, lessons will be delivered via a video conferencing software. Lectures will be conducted via screensharing, while group discussions and group brainstorming will be conducted via “breakout” rooms (individual virtual rooms) to split up discussions into smaller groups.

Online-Based Classroom Learner Guide

Unfamiliar with how our online classes are run? Read the Online-Based Classroom Learner Guide before signing up for a class.

We are currently working on developing training videos that do not include the participation of any attendees. These training videos are expected to be ready by the 3rd Quarter of this year. It will be uploaded to our learning resource portal at learningportal.equinetacademy.net and made available to existing learners of Equinet for at least a year.

There has never been a more important time to upskill ourselves, so that we will all emerge stronger, together.

Thank you for your support.

Dylan Sun,
CEO, Equinet Academy

Classroom spacing 1m

*Updated on 26 March 2020*

In response to the latest measures from MOH, Equinet Academy would like to provide reference to the circular sent by SkillsFuture Singapore, that SSG-supported training providers can continue to run classes of not more than 40 learners (Equinet’s class sizes range from 12 – 24 pax adhering to the 1 metre spacing), but should ensure safe distancing of at least 1 metre apart during the conduct of training, on top of all other measures in place (temperature taking, contact tracing records, travel declaration).

Safe Distancing (More Safety Measures)

In view of the evolving COVID-19 cases globally, Equinet Academy will put in place precautionary measures for the safety and well-being of our attendees.

Classrooms will be restructured to follow the advisory rolled out by MOH on 26 Mar 2020 regarding safe distancing. In addition, individual hand sanitizers will be available at each table.

Classroom spacing 1m

Classroom A

The usual group seating will now be converted to individual table setting, with a 1-metre safe distance. This applies to the pantry as well. Based on the current classroom sizes at Equinet, a capacity limit of 12 – 24 learners will be imposed depending on the size of the classroom.

Classroom spacing 1m

Pantry

Mandatory Temperature Taking and Declaration

Attendee will not be allowed to participate the class if he/she has any of the following:

  • Fever (37.5°C or more)
  • If attendee has been in contact with confirm case(s) within the past 14 days
  • Has flu-like symptoms (eg. running nose, short throat, shortness of breath and coughing)
  • Travelled to outside of Singapore within the past 14 days

Classroom spacing 1m

Temperature taking and travel declaration station located outside of the training centre. 

Regular and Thorough Disinfection of Training Premises

  1. Regular disinfection of surface areas within classrooms learners frequently come into contact with i.e. tables, markers, whiteboards at least twice a day (once during lunch break).
  2. Regular disinfection of premises including pantry area and door handles.

Temperature Check

  1. All attendees including trainer will have their temperature inspected before entering the premises
    • Students with a fever (≥ 37.5°C) will be asked to seek medical attention. Their seats will be rescheduled to a later date.
  2. Stickers will be issued to all attendees who have cleared the temperature taking. Stickers are to be pasted on upper shirt/dress at all times. If misplaced, student should proceed to the front desk to obtain a replacement sticker.
  3. Before class starts, Trainer should inform attendees to check each other to ensure that everyone has a sticker on their shirts

Face Masks

  1. Attendees who may require face mask, can request from the front desk.

Hand Sanitiser Dispenser

  1. All attendees are encouraged to regularly use the hand sanitisers located at the reception hall and pantry area, especially before eating.

Facilities

Additional Measures

  • More temperature screening, masks supply, and sanitiser stations
  • Supplying of bottled water to avoid potential cross contamination of water dispensers
  • Individual packaging of food for tea breaks
  • Increased spacing (at least 1 metre) between classroom tables
  • Trainees to be reminded not to have physical contact e.g. handshakes with one another
Singapore Budget 2020 additional funding skillsfuture credit article

The Singapore 2020 budget was announced on 18 Feb 2020. Here’s how it will benefit Singaporeans and Equinet’s learners.

  • SkillsFuture Credit top-up for Singaporean Individuals
  • SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) for eligible companies

SkillsFuture Credit Top Up for Singaporean Individuals

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above will be eligible for a SkillsFuture Credit top-up of $500 from Oct this year. The good news gets better for those aged 40 to 60 as of 31st Dec this year because there will be an additional top-up of $500, effectively receiving $1000 in SkillsFuture Credit.

But this time, there is a time limit for the additional SkillsFuture Credit as it will expire by the end of 2025. However, for those that have not yet expended the original $500 in SkillsFuture Credit, there will be no expiry date set.

This was announced recently in Singapore Budget 2020 by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. According to him, it has served many Singaporeans well and at the end of 2019, it has benefited more than half a million Singaporeans.

Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-budget-2020-skillsfuture-credit-top-up-of-500-for-singaporeans-aged-25-and-above

SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) for Eligible Companies

The SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) encourages employers to undertake enterprise and workforce transformation initiatives in tandem. Eligible employers will receive a one-off $10,000 credit to cover up to 90% of out-of-pocket expenses for supportable enterprise capability development and workforce transformation programmes.

To encourage employers to undertake workforce transformation to reskill and upskill their workers, $3,000 of the SFEC will be reserved for workforce transformation programmes. This means that employers can use up to $10,000 for workforce transformation, but can only use up to $7,000 on enterprise transformation programmes.

Eligibility Criteria:

The SFEC is expected to benefit about 39,000 enterprises. Employers have four qualifying windows1 until 31 March 2021 to qualify for SFEC. At each of the qualifying windows (End-June 2020, end-September 2020, end-December 2020 and end-March 2021), employers must have contributed at least $750 Skills Development Levy (SDL) in total in the preceding 12 months and have at least three Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents employed in each of the preceding 12 months, based on latest available data2.

Upon qualification, employers will be able to use the SFEC on supportable schemes any time from 1 April 2020, with claims to be submitted latest by 30 June 2023.

Source: https://www.skillsfuture.sg/SFEC

Conclusion

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To know more about digital marketing, we have written an in-depth digital marketing career guide. You will find out why the forecast for digital marketing is set to be up trending. We have also compiled the average salary ranges of the different digital marketing job roles in Singapore, various essential digital marketing skills a digital marketing professional should possess, and how a digital marketing team is structured on both the agency and client-side.

To learn more about digital marketing, check out all available digital marketing courses here.

Advisory on Masks

Update as of 12 Mar 2020

MOH has updated us that the case on the 27-28 Feb has been deemed low risk.

We are unable to divulge sensitive personal details of our attendees. However, according to our sources, the attendee was only symptomatic about a week after the course.

As a precautionary measure nonetheless, we have thoroughly disinfected the entire premises through an NEA-registered disinfection vendor, isolated all personnel from the affected class, and stepped up on other safety measures including:

  • Thoroughly disinfected the entire premises through a NEA-registered disinfection vendor
  • Isolated all personnel from the affected class for 14 days from the incident
  • Hand Sanitizers provided at each table and pantry
  • Increased spacing between tables
  • Replaced communal water dispenser and food with individual food packaging and bottled water
  • Moved temperature taking station outside of the premises

Several persons from the affected dates also tested and reported negative results for the COVID-19 virus. As of now, there are no further confirmed cases of the COVID-19 associated with our training centre.

We will continue to monitor the situation and step up our measures to provide a peace of mind to anyone who comes through our doors.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to minimise physical contact such as handshakes, be socially responsible and stay at home if you are feeling unwell, and regularly sanitize your hands with the hand sanitisers provided at each table and the pantry.

Update as of 9 Mar 2020

We have just received news from MOH on Sunday afternoon, 8th March 2020, at 2:57pm, that an attendee who had attended the Content Marketing Strategy course last month on the 27 and 28 February 2020 had just tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, MOH has informed us that no further action would be required on our part and business may resume as per normal. We have provided MOH with the contacts of everyone present during the two days, so that they may carry out their contact tracing protocols. To the best of our knowledge, the attendees of the affected class were screened before entry and were not found to be symptomatic. It is still uncertain whether the attendee contracted the virus before, during, or after attending the course, as there have been no other signs of a spread happening within our training centre.

In response to this, we have implemented the following measures in place with immediate effect, in addition to the current in-house safety measures outlined in the next section below:

  • Complete and thorough disinfection of the entire premises by an NEA-registered disinfection vendor, which took place on the morning of 9th of March.
  • Isolation of persons who were present in the Content Marketing Strategy class or had close contact, for 14 days from the affected period.
  • Stepping up of safety protocols:
    • More temperature screening, masks supply, and sanitiser stations
    • Supplying of bottled water to avoid potential cross contamination of water dispensers
    • Individual packaging of food for tea breaks
    • Increased spacing between classroom tables


In-house safety measures for trainer and trainees

Declaration of Travel History

In view of the surge in the number of confirmed cases around the world, Equinet Academy will put in place further precautionary measures to include the affected regions into our Travel Declaration requirement.

Trainees and staffs who had been to any of the travel restricted areas (as advised by MOH) in the past 14 days will be required to reschedule class/work-from-home to monitor their health conditions closely and seek medical attention promptly if they are unwell.

  1. Attendees are to declare while signing in if they have visited Mainland China within the past 14 days.
  2. Attendees who have been to Mainland China in the past 14 days will be asked to return home to rest. Their seat will be rescheduled to a later date.
  3. Attendees who have been to Republic of Korea in the past 14 days will be asked to return home to rest. Their seat will be rescheduled to a later date. (updated on 4 Mar 2020)
  4. Attendees who have been to Iran in the past 14 days will be asked to return home to rest. Their seat will be rescheduled to a later date. (added on 4 Mar 2020)
  5. Attendees who have been to Northern Italy in the past 14 days will be asked to return home to rest. Their seat will be rescheduled to a later date. (added on 4 Mar 2020)

Regular and Thorough Disinfection of Training Premises

  1. Regular disinfection of surface areas within classrooms learners frequently come into contact with i.e. tables, markers, whiteboards at least twice a day (once during lunch break).
  2. Regular disinfection of premises including pantry area and door handles.

Temperature Check

  1. All attendees including trainer will have their temperature inspected at the reception hall before lesson.
    • Students with a fever will immediately be asked to return home to rest. Their seat will be rescheduled to a later date.
  2. Colour coded stickers will be issued to all attendees. Stickers are to be pasted on upper shirt/dress at all times. If misplaced, student should proceed to the front desk to obtain a replacement sticker.
    • Blue stickers will indicate that the student is generally well with no symptoms of flu (runny nose, stuffy nose, cough etc)
    • Yellow stickers will indicate that the student should wear a surgical mask at all times. Attendees with yellow stickers will also need to have their temperature taken again after lunch.
  3. Before class starts, Trainer should inform attendees to check each other to ensure that everyone has a sticker on their shirts
  4. Emphasis should be placed that trainees may proceed to the registration counter at any time to have to their temperature taken if they are feeling unwell.

Face Masks

  1. Attendees who are feeling unwell may proceed to the front desk to request for a surgical mask/N95 mask (depending on availability). The student will be issued a yellow sticker and will be required to don the mask during training.

Hand Sanitiser Dispenser

  1. All attendees are encouraged to regularly use the hand sanitisers located at the reception hall and pantry area, especially before eating.

Facilities

Enhanced Rescheduling Policy

  1. To do our part to contain the outbreak, attendees are allowed to reschedule at any time if they are feeling unwell.

Update from Ministry of Health

Recent travellers from Hubei province with higher risks has and will be quarantined by the government, as stated here on the website of the Ministry of Health (MOH):

Recent Travellers From Hubei already in Singapore:

1. As the Taskforce announced yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is contacting all recent travellers from Hubei province who are in Singapore. MOH estimates that about 2,000 such persons have arrived here in the last two weeks, of whom roughly 1,000 are on short-term visas.

2. MOH will assess who among this group are at higher risk and will place them under quarantine.

– Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and foreigners on long-term visas will be quarantined at home or other suitable facilities.

– Those on short-term visas will be housed at Government Quarantine Facilities.

Masks necessary only for those with respiratory symptoms, stresses chief of Singapore’s infectious diseases centre
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/wuhan-virus-mask-necessary-only-for-those-with-respiratory-symptoms-stresses-chief-of

Singapore raises DORSCON level to Orange

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Equinet Academy has taken steps to mitigate the spread of the virus here at our training centre. Business will resume as usual. However, precautionary steps will be put in place with the support of both Equinet employees and learners:

Since the official announcement on the new DORSCON status, Equinet’s management team has stepped up on the precautionary measures and tightened the procedures in efforts to avoid disruption and provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our learners and employees.

This includes, regularly disinfecting surface areas learners frequently come into contact with i.e. tables, markers, whiteboards at least twice a day.

Clarifications On Misinformation by MOH

28 Feb 2020: MOH is aware of a rumour circulating on social media that a foreign domestic worker had passed away from COVID-19 in Singapore. This is not true. She was tested for COVID-19 and found to be negative. As of 4pm on 28 Feb 2020, there has been no fatality related to COVID-19 in Singapore.

7 Feb 2020: There has been a message circulating of a death in Singapore due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is false. As of 2pm, 7 Feb, there are no deaths due to the 2019-nCoV in Singapore.

7 Feb 2020: A fake screengrab of a CNA tweet was circulated widely on social media saying that all schools including polytechnics and universities are to close next Monday (10 Feb) due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak. This is untrue. The image, which is being circulated on messaging app WhatsApp, appears to have been a doctored screengrab of another tweet sent out by CNA. Click here for clarification from CNA.

MOH advises members of the public to not speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours. Click here for past clarifications.

Advisory on wearing masks

If you’ve been travelling, monitor your health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if you feel unwell. You should inform your doctor of your travel history.

If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), you should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

Wearing of masks

Here are 5 essential steps to wearing a mask the right way.

Advisory on Masks

Together we can fight this. Let us all stay strong, stay vigilant, and stay safe.

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