Covid-19 Update

At AF Switchgear we have a dedicated Incident Response Management team under the umbrella name ‘AF irm’. As a result the team have produced a risk assessment to ensure our employees and visitors are working safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The risk assessment sets out safe systems of work in order to manage the risk within the business and sets out measures to ensure social distancing. Emphasis is also placed on the physical and mental wellbeing of all employees by introducing appropriate cleaning and hygiene procedures across all Group activities. 

AF Switchgear Virtual Learning

Lockdown Virtual Learning

With COVID-19 impacting all Colleges and their ability to continue the apprentice training programme it was crucial that a way could be found quickly to ensure our apprentices did not miss out on their academic work.

With a ‘can do spirit’ and working with our provider, West Nottinghamshire College we soon found a solution to support our current apprentices.

We have fully IT equipped a meeting room at our HQ for use as a college classroom where
students via Microsoft teams are able to have interactive lessons with the tutor on a ‘one to one’ or group session.

Assignments are set as normal together with the NVQ level 3 reviews. This has benefited all students to ensure that they do not miss out on study time, thereby maintaining levels of attendance and advancement.

AF Group currently supports over 20 apprentices within the electrical, administration and Fabrication sectors of the business.

Company Announcement

At AF Switchgear, meeting our customers’ expectations is a key priority. As concern over COVID-19 (Coronavirus) grows, we want to assure you we are monitoring developments, as well as following health and government regulations whilst continually assessing and responding to changes.

At this time we are still operational and open for business as we are tasked with supporting our customers and end users, concentrating our efforts on critical equipment needed for Government, NHS, Data and Telecoms projects.

Our ever-changing Business Continuity Plan includes:

  • Prioritising the safety of our customers and employees
  • Regularly communicating with our employees on safety and hygiene.
  • Coordinating with our customers before any essential site visits to ensure safety measures are in place for everyone.
  • For essential manufacturing we have adopted a 3 shift system, open 24 hours to ensure we can comply with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Our office staff are working from home where possible and the remainder are working split shifts between 6am and 10pm
  • We are in regular dialogue with our supply chain and partners who are also working hard to minimise delays and disruption and where necessary actively exploring alternative sources of supply where needed.
  • Any team members working remotely use company issued secure computers complete with end-point protection and connection to our network using a secure VPN

AF Switchgear group operations meet the criteria of an essential critical infrastructure supplier as defined by the government. While we do not anticipate major interruptions to our operations, we are experiencing some material delays and staff absences for obvious reasons.

Should the government dictate further temporary containment measures or mandatory closures we will of course comply.

We will continue to seek support from the government and/or local authorities to maintain critical business operations as an essential business for our customers.

While it is difficult to predict the impact of the COVID-19 situation, please rest assured that we have the people, technology, and tools to continue to serve you during these unique, challenging times.