OFTF News Update


Following on from the recent announcements around the Covid-19 Virus we want to update you on our situation and what we are hoping for in the coming months.

  • The office at Chelvey is now closed until further notice but we are working at home and will be dealing with all emails as usual. You can email the team with any questions
    here. Unfortunately we do not have an answerphone at the office but if you need to contact someone urgently, please call Nigel on 07899 794125
  • All training that had been planned over the Spring/early Summer
    has been postponed until further notice. We will regularly review the situation and update you when anything changes.
Information for current SAPs

  • There will be no training over the summer for apprentices who are currently on the SAP scheme.
  • The CITB are looking at ways they can help people within the industry so it’s worth keeping an eye on their websitefor updates to funding and grants.
“We understand that cash flow is an immediate issue for employers which is why we have prioritised the processing of grant claims to pay them as early as possible. We are freezing the 20-week processing rule, to allow employers to claim grants later as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic.We urge employers to check their Grant Online accounts for claims which need authorising, and to sign and return any paper Grant Claim forms we have issued as quickly as possible.

We will monitor the situation carefully and update employers accordingly.” 
CITB 19th March 2020

  • We’ll keep in touch with any news from CITB and the UK Government as we receive it.

Training Update

  • The training we have planned for Autumn/Winter will still go ahead unless we are advised otherwise. Please have a look at The Carpenters Fellowship website and Facebook page for updates on Frame 2020.
  • We’ll be looking to roll out another intake of new SAPs at the end of July (we hope) – we’ll keep you updated.

Please stay safe and well – see you soon!

The OFTF Team