Yesterday evening, the Government published further guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus guidance regarding apprenticeships
The guidance confirms that:
- Breaks in learning as a result of disruption caused by the coronavirus will be allowed. Where a break is for longer than four weeks, employers and/or training providers are now able to formally report that break and there is no need for this to be initiated by the apprentice.
- Training providers will be eligible to apply for the range of financial support offered by HM Treasury where they suffer a loss of income as a result of not being able to deliver training.
- Extensions of time in terms of assessments will be granted where appropriate.
- Apprentices will be eligible to be furloughed and can continue their training whilst on furlough, provided that training does not provide services or generate revenue for their employer.
- Remote e-learning and training will be encouraged.
- Where an apprentice is made redundant, they must be supported by training providers in finding alternative employment so that they can continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks.
- HM Treasury will not be pausing the collection of the apprenticeship levy payments.
To read the full guidance (which contains some useful FAQs on this topic), click here.