Can I train furloughed staff?

Training while furloughed

The simple answer is yes, you can.

Government guidance has always allowed you to train furloughed staff. However, the initial guidance suggested you had to pay staff the national minimum wage for any hours they spent training, but this requirement has been lifted now. One condition that remains though, is that the training can’t be used to generate income.

That’s not a problem with fire safety and fire warden training, as it’s not a cash generator. On the other hand, it could literally be a business loser if your business goes up in smoke.

So why should I train my furloughed staff?

The simple answer is that you need to keep both their knowledge and certification up to date. When they come back to work they need to be at the top of their game and not immediately having to take time off to complete or refresh their training.

Fire training courses can be taken from home

Both fire safety and fire warden training courses are available online. Our online courses take around an hour, saves your place so you can dip in and out and if you get any question wrong, it explains why. A certificate, accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers, is immediately available on successful completion.

The courses come with a comprehensive Learning Management System that allows you to roll out training to your staff in moments and both monitors and evidences their progress.

For more information about our online courses click here.

We’re also now offering our face-to-face courses via Webex, which is similar to Zoom but orientated to business use.

As with our online courses we offer both Fire Safety and Fire Warden courses. We have carefully rewritten our face-to-face courses so that they can be delivered remotely. The only element we can’t replicate is the hands-on practical fire extinguisher training although we do go into detail on how they used and in what circumstances.

For more information about our face-to-face courses click here.

How long does fire training take?

Online fire training takes around an hour but you can start and stop to suit your circumstances. Face-to-face training delivered via Webex normally takes around 2 to 2.5 hours.

Online fire training can be stopped and started to suit the user

We’re still here for you and happy to help through all of this!

Our team at the Fire Training Company is working from home for the time being, but we’re still here for you and happy to answer any questions you might have about food hygiene training for your business.

Our working hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm, and you can give us a call during these hours on 01327 552160. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via the live chat feature on this website or by email at

We’re committed to fire safety here at the Fire Training Company and our mission has always been to empower you to keep yourselves, your staff, and your customers safe—now and every day.

Please click here for more information or to browse our range of IFE accredited fire training courses.