Guidance on what the ongoing situation means for you as a visitor, business or partner.
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We are closely monitoring and following government guidance on degree apprenticeships. You may also find it useful to refer to guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus.
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Continuing an apprenticeship
Apprentices will already be recording off-the-job training activity using an approach agreed with their training provider. This should continue in the coming weeks.
If work circumstances change and the minimum of 20% off-the-job cannot be met, apprentices should liaise with their employer/training provider to agree a break in learning.
Unable to attend learning events
Apprenticeships are designed to respond to changes in your circumstances, such as illness or changes in working patterns. If apprentices are unable to attend their scheduled learning events, there are several options.
- complete digital or distance learning within their agreed working hours
- be offered additional on-site mentor support
- pause their learning for less than four weeks while still completing by their planned end-date
- take a formal break in learning of four weeks or more and re-calculate their planned end-date when they return – training providers should inform the Education and Skills Funding Agency
The appropriate steps will depend on the apprentice and employer/training provider’s situation.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, so even when apprentices are unable to complete their training, they are still employed. They will be paid in line with the details in their employment contract.
Working in a different role
The Education and Skills Funding Agency aims for apprentices to promptly resume their apprenticeship and continue to successful completion of end-point assessment.
Funding rules currently state that a break in learning must be initiated by the apprentice. Employers and training providers can also temporarily report and initiate a break in learning where the interruption to learning is longer than four weeks.
If that move becomes permanent, employers should look to see which alternative apprenticeship their apprentice can transfer to and liaise with their training provider in the usual way.
Furloughed or unpaid leave
If apprentices are no longer able to work, but have not been made redundant, they can take a break from their apprenticeship and resume when they return to work. Training providers should inform us of a break in learning.
Apprentices can continue their apprenticeship if their new employer agrees to the level of commitment required.
Funding for non-levy paying employers
If you are an employer that does not pay the apprenticeship levy, you can reserve apprenticeship funding in line with the published guidance.
Reservations will expire if they do not turn into a commitment within three months of the apprenticeship start date (detailed in the reservation). Where a commitment is needed, and a previous reservation has expired, a new reservation must be made first.
Application deadlines and contracting
Application and contracting deadlines for September cohorts have not changed. We are monitoring the situation and will update employers with any information they may need.