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Yes, if the apprentice is working from home and continuing to be paid or furloughed, they should continue to study towards their Apprenticeship by studying at home or catching up on assignment/course work. Apprentices who fall into either the category of “vulnerable children” or “children of key workers” prior arrangement can attend the College to continue their learning by – please refer to our website for more detail on this.
The College is offering all apprentices a wide range of remote learning opportunities so they can continue to successful completion to end-point assessment. We therefore encourage our apprentices to work with their trainers / assessors to understand what learning they can continue with during this time. Please speak to your College contact should you require any advice and guidance on how you can support your apprentice during this time.
Following the latest advice from Public Health England, businesses and workplaces should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible. We recognise that every work place is different. Some businesses will find it impossible for employees to work from home and as a result, potentially would need to furlough members of staff. Should you find your business in this situation and you wish to find out of how the College can support your apprentice during this time, please speak to your College contact.
You should follow Public Health England guidelines and those of your own organisation. In addition to this please inform the College through the normal route to report the absence.
Please contact the College through your account manager or through normal communications channels (eg. your assessor) who will update the College’s central record.
Apprenticeships have been designed to be responsive to changes in apprentices’ circumstances, for example during a period of illness. If your apprentice needs to self-isolate. If your apprentice takes a short pause of less than 4 weeks, this will not affect the planned end date of the Apprenticeship. Please talk to your contact at the College about the best way forward should this situation arise.
Employers should follow the government’s guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Should they need to self-isolate, please contact the College through your account manager or through normal communications channels (eg. your assessor) who will update the College’s central record.
Where apprentices can remain on their programme, they should continue to fulfil the minimum 20% off-the-job training entitlement across the length of their programme. Off-the-job training can already be delivered flexibly at a time and way to suit the employer and apprentice and the college has further strengthened its remote delivery options in response to Covid-19. If a critical worker apprentice has been redeployed into another role, then some of this activity may still count towards off-the-job training but this should be discussed and agreed with your college contact. All off-the-job training must be relevant new training that develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship.
Off-the-job training is a statutory requirement for an English apprenticeship. It is training which is received by the apprentice during the apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship referenced in the apprenticeship agreement.
All off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship, but this can now be delivered more flexibly, including remote working.
Yes. The normal off-the-job training rules will apply, so training can be done as a block where this is agreed between the provider and the employer. The 20% minimum off-the-job training applies over the length of the apprenticeship and will still need to be satisfied and the college team can work with you and the apprentice to ensure this is covered by the end of the apprenticeship.
Yes, where apprentices are furloughed, they can continue to train for their apprenticeships, as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for their employer.
Yes. While furloughed your apprentice can continue with their learning with your agreement. If the furlough payment takes your apprentices below the appropriate National Minimum Wage then you will need to top this up for the agreed training hours. In most cases this will be a very small amount per week. However as this is an employment related issue we would advise you to seek advice from your HR advisor and the Government website.
Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship levy are able to reserve Apprenticeship funding up to 3 months through the Apprenticeship service in line with the published guidance. Please email the Business Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advice.
We would urge you to look at all options open to you before taking this course of action. There are a number of approaches such as remote learning activity provided by the college, short breaks, redeployment and furlough where an apprentice can still continue to work towards their apprenticeship so we would ask you to consult with your college contact and other advisory organisations where appropriate before making this decision.
Covid-19 guidance for apprentices, employers and training providers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-apprentices-employers-training-providers-end-point-assessment-organisations-and-external-quality-assurance-pro
Covid-19 financial support for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19
National minimum wage: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates