ICE Covid-19 policy

External and Membership Communications Update – 01 May 2020

ICE continues to adapt to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and ensure that the Institution minimises its impact of on the service we offer to our members.

We strongly advise members to keep themselves up to date on the latest travel and health advice from their relevant governments.

The latest UK advice can be found on Gov.uk.

For our international members, we recommend that you operate in line with the advice provided by your host country. The World Health Organisation website also provides up to date information and advice on the situation.

ICE-hosted events

As previously communicated, ICE-hosted events that were due to take place before 1 May were moved online where possible. We are pleased to report that ICE has made a successful transition to hosting most of its events online, including the recent Strategy Session lecture: ‘Reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe’.

Until further notice, ICE will continue to host events online. This will, include a further prestige ICE Strategy Sessions, alongside promoting events hosted by your reps.

Face-to-face events and in person employer visits by your local membership team will be suspended until social distancing restrictions are relaxed, however, online membership surgeries, courses and webinars will continue to take place and can be booked in the usual manner. Further information regarding those online events aid at supporting your professional development can be found on your local ICE web pages A broad range of information on careers and training is also available on our careers portal.

One Great George Street and ICE offices

One Great George Street and ICE offices are currently closed until further notice with no access except for maintenance staff. Most ICE staff are working from home and this will continue until further notice as we continue to monitor Government advice. One Great George Street will be available for future bookings as soon as restrictions are relaxed, and we will update this page when further information is available.

Membership applications and professional qualifications

ICE continues to accept applications for membership and for professional qualification assessments (academic base, IPD, Professional Reviews, EPAs and Fellowship assessments).

Online and paper-based applications continue as normal, while interview-based assessments (i.e. professional reviews and end-point assessments) will be conducted via video-link until such times as regional travel restrictions and social distancing protocols are relaxed.

We hope to be able to run major review sessions towards the end of the year but cannot confirm any dates until the challenges are better understood and relevant governments provide clear travel advice.

In addition, we recognise that many members and potential members will be facing disruption in their working and home lives. ICE wants to support each individual in the way that suits them best: either to progress their application, to pause until they are ready to re-engage, or to transfer to a new route if their circumstances change (e.g. if they can no longer continue their current training agreement). Please reach out to your existing ICE contact if you have an application or agreement in progress or to [email protected] for other enquiries about membership and professional qualifications.

Library services

Services that are currently affected

  • Visiting the Library and Members Resources Hub in-person – This means no access to the print collection, meeting and study space located at One Great George Street building
  • Visiting the ICE Archives in-person
  • Library loans/Document Delivery via post

Services that remain unaffected

NEC Contracts

Queries have been raised about how to deal with the impact on NEC contracts that may be caused by the prevention and containment measures being instigated to control the spread of the coronavirus. This note is aimed at explaining the ways in which the NEC4 contracts deal with this matter. The guidance is given in relation to the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC), but similar actions apply under the other NEC contracts. This advice is given in relation to the standard wording in NEC4 contracts. If modifications have been made, the contract should be reviewed to check whether the guidance given here still applies.

Peter Higgins, NEC4 Contract Board Chair follows up his guidance document on the effect of Covid-19 on the construction sector and answers pressing questions from NEC clients and customers, on video below.

We will provide further updates as the situation develops.

Ongoing advice

ICE will endeavour to keep you up to date as the situation develops. These webpages will be updated with the latest information and we will share those details through our social media and email channels where possible.

If you are in any doubt about the Institution’s position please check the homepage of the website in the first instance.

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