Apprenticeship programme response to Covid-19

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers.

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This is a difficult time for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, assessment and external assurance. The government is committed to supporting apprentices and employers continue to build the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is responding by taking steps to ensure that wherever possible apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeship, despite any break they need to take as a result of COVID-19, and to support providers during this challenging time.

The support The Education and Skills Funding Agency provides:

  • Encouraging training providers to deliver training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable
  • Allowing the modification of end-point assessment arrangements, including remote assessments wherever practicable and possible
  • Clarifying that apprentices ready for assessment but who cannot be assessed due to COVID-19 issues can have their end-point assessment rescheduled - apprentices whose gateway is delayed can have an extension to the assessment timeframe
  • Enabling employers and training providers to report and initiate a break in learning where the interruption to learning due to COVID-19 is greater than four weeks
  • Clarification on how to record breaks in learning so that funding is not unnecessarily disrupted
  • Confirming that where apprentices are made redundant, it is the ambition of The Education and Skills Funding Agency to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks.

This information above will be continually reviewed and updates by The Education and Skills Funding Agency shared on this page.

This information should be read alongside Government’s COVID-19 guidance and support for businesses, in particular the salary support for furloughed employees (which also applies to apprentices) and guidance from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) on the delivery of assessment.

Last updated: 23 March 2020