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VHNZ COVID-19 Response

13 October 2021

VHNZ COVID-19 Response

 

 

 

 

 

18.10.2021

Covid-19 Alert level Update

Northland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm tonight, Tuesday 19 October.
This means VHNZ will resume our face-to-face training and open courses from tomorrow Wednesday 20th of October, adhering to Level 2 COVID protocols.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 Step 1 for two weeks, with a review on Monday 1st November.

Waikato will remain at Alert Level 3 with a review on Friday 22nd of October.

All our training centres will remain closed in the Auckland and Waikato regions (except for essential services).
Please Note: We will only resume face-to-face training and open courses when we return to Level 2.

The rest of NZ remains at Level 2 and we continue to operate under Level 2 COVID protocols.

We will respond accordingly with any further government announcements and updates and how this will apply to Vertical Horizonz.

 

13.10.2021

Covid-19 Alert level Update

Northland and Waikato
To remain at Level 3 until Monday 18th of October.
All courses will be postponed during this time.

Auckland
To remain at Alert Level 3 Step 1.
All our training centres will remain closed (except for essential services).

The rest of New Zealand
To remain at Alert Level 2.
All training will continue to be delivered adhering to Level 2 COVID protocols.
Cabinet will review Alert Levels on Monday 18th of October and we will provide an update accordingly.

 

11.10.2021

Covid-19 Alert level Update

Following today’s government announcement, please find an update below on what this means for Vertical Horizonz operating within our regions:

Northland and Waikato
To remain at Level 3 until Thursday 14th October with a review from cabinet on Wednesday 13th of October.
All courses will be postponed during this time with the current plan to continue with open courses on Friday 15th of October.

Auckland
To remain at Alert Level 3 Step 1 for another week with a review from cabinet on Monday 18th of October.
All our training centres will remain closed (except for essential services).
We will await further directive from government on Level changes and provide an update accordingly.

The rest of New Zealand
To remain at Alert Level 2.
All training will continue to be delivered adhering to Level 2 COVID protocols.

 

04.10.2021

Covid-19 Alert level Update - Auckland

At 11.59pm tomorrow 5th of October, Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 with changes to outdoor gatherings and ECE.

We will await further updates and provide details on what this means for Vertical Horizonz across all our regions.

 

03.10.2021

Covid-19 Alert level Changes - Waikato

As announced today, the Waikato region will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59 tonight. This includes Raglan, Te Kauwhatu, Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Hamilton City.

For Vertical Horizonz, this means we will be postponing all courses in Hamilton for the next 5 days and we will await further government guidance. Auckland's Alert Level 3 is expected to be reviewed tomorrow.

 

20.09.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level announcement

As per today's government announcement. Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 tomorrow (Tuesday 21st Sept) at 11.59pm for at least two weeks. This will be reviewed on Monday 4th of October.

The rest of Aotearoa will remain at Alert level 2. We will continue to operate under the guidelines provided and give further updates accordingly.

 

13.09.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level announcement

Following today’s government announcement Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for another week (through to 11.59pm 21st September), with the rest of the country remaining at Alert Level 2 for this time.

Our training will continue for all regions outside of Auckland, adhering to all Level 2 protocols set by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

The government will confirm any shift in levels on Monday 20th September, and we will continue to provide any further updates for Vertical Horizonz as further announcements are made.

 

07.09.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 2 - Training Update

At Vertical Horizonz, we will be opening our training facilities in all regions (excluding Auckland) tomorrow Wednesday 8th of September, and under the current guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education we will be adhering to the following protocols:

  • All trainers, trainee’s and staff will be required to wear a face mask
  • Contact tracing will be required with sign in on arrival via QR code or sign in register
  • Physical distancing of 1 metre indoors and 2 metres outdoors

Please remember to bring your mask!

If you do not plan on attending currently booked courses, or if you have any further queries please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or info@verticalhorizonz.co.nz.

We will continue to respond with appropriate updates following any further Government announcements.


 

06.09.2021

Covid-19 Alert Levels for NZ

Auckland is at Alert Level 4. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 7th September.

For Vertical Horizonz this means all open courses from Wednesday 8th will be running as scheduled. Please bring a mask and we will also have some available. In the meantime, we will be reviewing our SOP's to ensure they are in line with the latest government guidelines and we will provide further details on this tomorrow.

 

30.08.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level shifts

Following today’s government announcement, Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for another two weeks with Northland yet to be confirmed. The rest of the country will shift to Alert Level 3 for a week from 11.59pm tomorrow.

To find out more about our training options during this time, please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or visit our course pages.

 

27.08.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 3 and 4

As per today’s government announcement, all of Aoteraroa south of Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 31st of August. Auckland and Northland remains in Alert Level 4. How long will be decided on Monday however, as indicated it is likely that Auckland will stay at Alert Level 4 for a further two weeks.

As a tertiary education provider, under Alert Level 3 Vertical Horizonz will be postponing all courses over this period of time and will take guidance from further government announcements to provide updates accordingly.

Face to Face training for Essential Services:
We are able to offer training to essential workers and can work directly with our clients to custom fit training solutions to meet your current needs.

Digital Learning:
Take this time for you and your workforce to upskill. VHNZ will still provide our training through digital means including: E-learning, Blended learning, Webinar learning and FREE Q&A sessions. To find out more, please click here to visit our course pages.

VHNZ recognises that we must work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. We are committed to working alongside the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To find out more about our training options during this time, please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or visit our website.

For information on what COVID-19 is, what the symptoms are, and how it spreads, visit the Government Covid-19 website.

 

23.08.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 4 - National

As per today's announcement all of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Friday 27th of August. Auckland will remain at Level 4 until Tuesday 31st of August - to be reviewed on Monday.

Vertical Horizonz will be postponing courses at our relevant regions. Please do get in touch on 0800 72 33 848 with any queries.

In the meantime, please stay safe and adhere to government guidance.


20.08.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 4 - National

Following today's government announcement, the rest of New Zealand will join Auckland and remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 24th of August.

For Vertical Horizonz this means we will be postponing all New Zealand courses until Wednesday 25th of August. We will await further guidance on Monday and provide updates in accordance to this.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe and please take all necessary precautions when leaving home.


17.08.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 4 - National

As of 11.59pm tonight New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 4 for 3 days and Auckland for 7 days.

For Vertical Horizonz this means we will be postponing all New Zealand courses until Friday 20th of August at 11.59pm. We will await further government announcements and provide updates in accordance to the guidance that is being provided by our Ministry of Health.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe and please take all necessary precautions when leaving home.


23.06.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 2 - WELLINGTON

As of 6pm tonight, 23rd June 2021, Wellington will move to Alert Level 2.

For Vertical Horizonz this means we will continue to operate as normal adhering to Covid Level 2 protocols and public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping. Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell or showing any signs or symptoms.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or info@verticalhorizonz.co.nz.

We will continue to respond with appropriate updates following any further Government announcements.


06.03.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 1 & 2

As of 6am, Sunday 7th March 2021, Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 1. For Vertical Horizonz, this means Auckland courses will resume from Monday 8th March under level 2 public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping. Training for the rest of New Zealand will be conducted under level 1 requirements.

 

28.02.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 2 & 3

As of 6am today Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3 for 7 days, the rest of New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2. For Vertical Horizonz this means we will be cancelling all Auckland courses until Sunday 7th of March. For the rest of the country we will continue to operate as normal adhering to Covid Level 2 public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, for example those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

 

17.02.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 1 & 2

As of midnight 17th February 2021, Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1. For Vertical Horizonz this means we will continue to operate as normal adhering to Covid Level 1 and 2 public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping. We look forward to continuing on with our quality training and delivering to the needs of our clients and trainees.

 

14.02.2021

Covid-19 Alert Level 2 & 3

As of midnight 14th February 2021, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. For Vertical Horizonz this means we will be cancelling all Auckland courses until midnight Wednesday 17th February 2021. For the rest of the country we will continue to operate as normal adhering to Covid level 2 public health guidance, which include physical distancing and record keeping. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, for example those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

 

12.08.2020

Covid-19 Alert Level 2 & 3

As of 12 noon today, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. For Vertical Horizonz this means we will be cancelling all Auckland courses until midnight Friday. For the rest of the country we will continue to operate as normal adhering to COVID Level 2 public health guidance, which includes physical distancing and record keeping.

We are currently making contact to manage all courses effected by the COVID Level updates, but please feel free to get in touch with any queries.

0800 72 33 848 or info@verticalhorizonz.co.nz

We will continue to respond with appropriate updates following any further Government announcements. 

 

Risk Assessment

  • Transmission could be occurring.
  • There may still be single or isolated cluster outbreaks.

Range of measures VHNZ will apply nationally
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 control measures shall include:

  • Strict adherence to Government guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and WorkSafe New Zealand.
  • Physical distancing of two metres from people when out in public is recommended.
  • Physical distancing of one metre in controlled environments like offices or classrooms, with control measures, such as contact tracing, personal hygiene, surface cleaning in place.
  • Close contact courses like First Aid, confined space entry, are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, contact tracing, and – where practical – physical distancing.
  • Group sizes will be reduced, and our classroom and work area layouts reconfigured to allow for physical distancing protocols.
  • COVID-19 signage, information and contact tracing procedures are in place at all of our offices and centres, along with facilities for personal hygiene, including hand washing, hand sanitisers and surface cleaning.
  • All touch-points and common surfaces are to be cleaned at two-hourly intervals during the working day, with additional contract cleaning taking place during out of work hours.
  • We are supporting our ‘at risk people’ by managing their return to work to minimise the risk of infection from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Operational Procedures, including plans for managing people with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, have been prepared and communicated to all employees. Copies are available for those who may be affected by our work activities, including our clients, contractors and suppliers.

VHNZ Site Operating Instructions
COVID-19 Alert Level 2

STEP ONE

If you are unwell or believe you may have been in contact with any person having COVID-19 stay at home - Do not enter the site.

STEP TWO
Wash your hands before entering this site.

STEP THREE
Sign IN – Comply with our contact tracing requirements.

STEP FOUR
Toolbox talk – Acknowledge hazards/ risks, and maintain physical distancing – keep 1 metre apart.

STEP FIVE
Site hygiene – wash hands & wipe clean surfaces regularly.

STEP SIX
Sign OUT – Comply with contact tracing requirements

STEP SEVEN
If you are unwell or believe you may have been in contact wit6h any person having COVID-19 report this to the Site Supervisor - go home and do not return to site.
 

Working together

VHNZ recognises that we must work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. We are committed to working alongside the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
To find out more about our training options during this time, please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or visit: www.verticalhorizonz.co.nz

For information on what COVID-19 is, what the symptoms are, and how it spreads, visit www.covid19.govt.nz

 

09.06.2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 1 - How VHNZ Will operate.

The disease is contained in New Zealand!

At Alert Level 1, Vertical Horizonz New Zealand Limited (VHNZ) will continue to follow strict public health guidance including in relation to contact tracing and hygiene.

Risk Assessment

  • COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas.
  • Isolated household transmission could be occurring in New Zealand.

Range of measures VHNZ will apply nationally
COVID-19 Alert Level 1 control measures shall include:

  • Strict adherence to Government guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and WorkSafe New Zealand.
  • Physical distancing shall be encouraged in accordance with Government advice.
  • Common touch-points and surfaces shall be cleaned at regular intervals during the working day, with additional contract cleaning taking place during out of work hours.
  • COVID-19 signage, information and contact tracing procedures are in place at all of our offices and centres, along with facilities for personal hygiene, including hand washing, hand sanitisers and surface cleaning.


VHNZ Site Operating Instructions

COVID-19 Alert Level 1 - Contain

Follow these 7 Steps to help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

STEP ONE
If you are unwell or believe you may have been in contact with any person having COVID-19 stay at home - Do not enter the site.

STEP TWO
Wash your hands before entering this site.

STEP THREE
Sign IN – Comply with our contact tracing requirements.

STEP FOUR
Toolbox talk – Acknowledge hazards/ risks. Respect each other’s personal space – you are encouraged to keep 1 metre apart.

STEP FIVE
Wash hands and wipe clean surfaces regularly.

STEP SIX
Sign OUT – Comply with contact tracing requirements.

STEP SEVEN
If you are unwell or believe you may have been in contact with any person having COVID-19 report this to the Site Supervisor - go home and do not return to site.


Working Together

VHNZ recognises that we must work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. We are committed to working alongside the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
To find out more about our training options during this time, please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or visit: www.verticalhorizonz.co.nz

For information on what COVID-19 is, what the symptoms are, and how it spreads, visit  www.covid19.govt.nz

 

Prepare to Advance

Safety never stops, neither does learning.

We have a range of new courses available now for booking.
 
You and your workforce can upskill and gain qualifications across our nationwide centres with training delivered face-to-face in a safe environment. We also offer bespoke training programmes where we can come onsite and tailor specifically to your needs.

To book your training needs, get in touch today!

https://www.verticalhorizonz.com/training-courses or call us on 0800 72 33 848


13.05.2020

Reducing the risk of community transmission. 
The disease is contained, but the risk of community transmission remains.

Covid-19 Alert Level 2
How Vertical Horizonz New Zealand (VHNZ) will operate.


Risk Assessment

  • Transmission could be occurring.
  • There may still be single or isolated cluster outbreaks.

Range of measures VHNZ will apply nationally
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 control measures shall include:

  • Strict adherence to Government guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and WorkSafe New Zealand.
  • Physical distancing of two metres from people when out in public is recommended.
  • Physical distancing of one metre in controlled environments like offices or classrooms, with control measures, such as contact tracing, personal hygiene, surface cleaning in place.
  • Close contact courses like First Aid, confined space entry, are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, contact tracing, and – where practical – physical distancing.
  • Group sizes will be reduced, and our classroom and work area layouts reconfigured to allow for physical distancing protocols.
  • As we are working within an educational environment, we are not constrained by the maximum group size of 10 people.
  • COVID-19 signage, information and contact tracing procedures are in place at all of our offices and centres, along with facilities for personal hygiene, including hand washing, hand sanitisers and surface cleaning.
  • All touch-points and common surfaces are to be cleaned at two-hourly intervals during the working day, with additional contract cleaning taking place during out of work hours.
  • We are supporting our ‘at risk people’ by managing their return to work to minimise the risk of infection from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Operational Procedures, including plans for managing people with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, have been prepared and communicated to all employees. Copies are available for those who may be affected by our work activities, including our clients, contractors and suppliers.

VHNZ Site Operating Instructions
COVID-19 Alert Level 2

STEP ONE

If you are unwell or believe you may have been in contact with any person having COVID-19 stay at home - Do not enter the site.

STEP TWO
Wash your hands before entering this site.

STEP THREE
Sign IN – Comply with our contact tracing requirements.

STEP FOUR
Toolbox talk – Acknowledge hazards/ risks, and maintain physical distancing – keep 1 metre apart.

STEP FIVE
Site hygiene – wash hands & wipe clean surfaces regularly.

STEP SIX
Sign OUT – Comply with contact tracing requirements

STEP SEVEN
If you are unwell or believe you may have been in contact wit6h any person having COVID-19 report this to the Site Supervisor - go home and do not return to site.
 

Working together

VHNZ recognises that we must work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. We are committed to working alongside the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
To find out more about our training options during this time, please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or visit: www.verticalhorizonz.co.nz

For information on what COVID-19 is, what the symptoms are, and how it spreads, visit www.covid19.govt.nz
 

 

 

21.04.2020

Following yesterday’s announcement, as of the 29th April 2020 New Zealand will be at Alert Level 3.
 
As a tertiary education provider, VHNZ will be open for limited activities involving small stable groups (up to 10 people, who do not change). VHNZ can provide practical, face to face learning in small groups with appropriate physical distancing.
 
To protect our clients, trainees, staff and the wider community, VHNZ will have strict health and safety controls. All face to face training will be delivered in compliance with our Health and Safety management plans, COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and client specified safety measures. Groups will be considered a ‘bubble’ and will not interact with any other student/staff bubbles. VHNZ will also ensure we are able to track and trace all contacts in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
 
Face to Face training:
A workplace bubble who work together, can train together. VHNZ will offer face to face training to:

  • Clients with stable groups (either on-site or at a VHNZ training centre) for up to 10 people.
  • Noho based learning.

 
Public Face to Face training:
As our public courses have individuals from several different organisations, VHNZ has deemed these as unstable groups and will not be offering public courses during Alert Level 3.
 
VHNZ can offer one on one training to complement our blended learning. Click here to learn more
 
 
Digital Learning:
VHNZ will still provide our training through digital means including:

  
VHNZ recognises that we must work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. We are committed to working alongside the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
To find out more about our training options during this time, please contact us on 0800 72 33 848 or visit: www.verticalhorizonz.co.nz

For information on what COVID-19 is, what the symptoms are, and how it spreads, visit  www.covid19.govt.nz

 

 

23.03.2020

We are sure by now you’ve heard PM Jacinda Ardern deliver the news of the raising of the Covid-19 Alert Level nationally from Level Two to Level Three effective immediately, followed by an increase to Level Four within the next 48 hours.

In line with these changes to alert levels, VHNZ has implemented the following:

  • All VHNZ offices will be closed from 5pm 24th March until further notice. Our staff will continue to work from home offices throughout New Zealand.
  • VHNZ face to face training will be postponed until the further notice. Some training may continue where it is required to support essential services.
  • We will continue to offer alternative delivery options including webinars, online and distance learning.  Details for these options can be discussed with a VHNZ team member.

We need to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of this change in status and also its impact on us individually and as an community.

It’s an unsettling development and it will effect each of us in different ways, personally and professionally. It’s critical that we understand the role we have in supporting each other.

Now is the time for kindness to ensure we are all safe and to prepare for the day when we can resume a level of normality.

We will keep you informed through our website, email notifications and online channels for further updates.

Again, via our Prime Minister: “be strong, be kind, and unite against COVID-19.”

Kia Kaha,

Ben Johnstone

CEO

Vertical Horizonz New Zealand Ltd

 

 

22.03.2020

COVID-19 update.

In light of the recent events we want to reassure you that Vertical Horizonz is closely following the COVID-19 situation and the Alert Level 2 recommendations.

Training will be continuing this week and there will be increased safety measures implemented to ensure the safety of all trainees and trainers.

We will keep you updated as the situation changes. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe and follow the great guidance that is being provided by our Ministry of Health.

 

17.03.2020

With the rapidly evolving global COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation, VHNZ wish to reassure our students and clients of the actions we are taking to ensure our training remains safe and accessible. 
 
We are currently implementing all measures instructed by the Ministry of Health to protect the health, safety and well-being of all students and staff.
 
It is to be noted that the majority of our courses have no more than 12 trainees in any one group and our training centre maximum capacity is 48 nationwide.
 
We are monitoring the situation closely and will update students, clients and staff regularly on the precautions we are taking.

Current measures include:

  • Increased sanitation practices in all training centres. Classroom and contact surfaces are disinfected at the end of each day and periodically throughout the day.
     
  • If a student presents any kind of illness in the classroom they will be asked to leave and reschedule their training for when they are feeling well.
     
  • Hand sanitisers, surface wipes and tissues are available and accessible to all students and staff while on VHNZ premises.
     
  • Social distancing is being undertaken by all staff, and students where possible will be spread out into the classroom.
     
  • Personal contact protocols to reduce unnecessary physical contact, such as not shaking hands etc, have been adopted.
     
  • As the virus can live on material items, issued PPE for training courses will not be shared for the duration of the training and will be sanitised after use.
     
  • A COVID-19 Toolbox discussion is conducted at the beginning of every course to ensure trainees are well informed and aware of necessary controls.


We understand that some learners and employers may be concerned about attending face-to-face training courses. In light of this, we are committed to looking at innovation and other flexible ways of working together with our clients to maintain staff compliance and health and safety requirements.
 
For these employers with a genuine concern about the spread of COVID-19, VHNZ will consider requests to use video conferencing, webinars, online training platforms and internal delivery options.
 
If you wish to run an alternative training session, please contact the VHNZ head office and these can be discussed. 
 
We thank you for your support and want to give confidence that VHNZ is doing the best we can to protect individuals, our families and our community.

  
General information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you have any questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and would like more information on preventative measures and self-isolation, please visit the Ministry of Health website. This website is updated regularly, and will provide you with the most up-to-date information.
 

Further information and resources