Version 8 of the guidance on the apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19 has been published here:
This version focuses on:
Information on the actions that training providers should take for the return of apprentices in September
As apprentices return to work, assessment centres and educational settings, training providers, employers and EPAOs consider how best to minimise the risks of coronavirus transmission when determining how and when training and assessment takes place.
Apprenticeship delivery can be extremely flexible and it is up to training providers, employers and EPAOs to agree how training is delivered, and how assessments are undertaken. They may want to take advantage of more than one delivery method to balance any risks from coronavirus with providing a full educational experience.
We ask that training providers, employers and EPAOs consider how much apprentices from different employers mix with other learners and staff when training in an educational setting or undertaking assessment.
Updated guidance on workplaces and assessment centres.
Additional information on local outbreaks, contingencies for outbreaks, and links to the wider FE guidance.
Confirmation that we are planning to restart routine funding audits from September 2020.
How apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, can access online and telephone support through the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.
Information on the new incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.