The Government has issued new guidance "Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers"
The guidance is for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of COVID-19. It outlines the changes that the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is making to the apprenticeship programme during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the introduction of urgent government measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and a rapidly developing situation, these guidelines reflect arrangements applied at the current time. This guidance will be kept under active review and updated regularly with further developments.
FE Week has produced an executive summary of the document which can be found by following the link below:
Broadly and with thanks to the FE Week article:
- no bespoke funding support for apprenticeship training providers during the crisis
- struggling training providers - apply for appropriate HM Treasury financial support packages
- face to face end point assessments can be rescheduled of modified
- government “encouraging and supporting employers, and training and assessment providers, to make use of distance-learning tools wherever possible and practicable to do so”.
- employer can temporarily initiate a break in learning (previously only the apprentice could do this)
- notify learning breaks in March according to guidance so that payment is made for learning delivered and ensuring that learners are not recorded as permanently withdrawn from their apprenticeship
- during March, levy-paying employers “should not use the apprenticeship service to ‘pause’ or ‘stop’ payments to the training provider, where some training has been delivered in March”
- learning breaks greater than four weeks on/after 1 April, to be 'paused' by the employer not stopped
- training provider “must support the apprentice to find another employer” where redundancies take place