16 July, 2020
On 14 July 2020, the Government updated their guidance for apprentices and employers, regarding the changes to apprenticeships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the most notable changes is the announcement of a Support Service for redundant apprentices. In addition, comes the confirmation that the flexibility introduced by suspension of the funding rule (which requires level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, level 2 functional skills assessments) has been extended until 31 December 2020.
The Government have indicated their commitment to encouraging future talent by supporting employers with the introduction of financial support. Employers hiring new apprentices (i.e. not existing or recent employees), between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, will be given:
It is worth noting that this is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
This will be relevant across sectors, as it will allow a range of organisations to continue supporting upcoming talent and has the potential to allow employers to avoid large scale redundancies at apprenticeship level.
It has also been announced that the Apprenticeship Funding Rules are due to be updated shortly, so continue to watch this space.
If you require support with your current and/or future apprentices and the complexities surrounding engaging apprentices during COVID-19, please do contact Joshua Burke in our Education department at Joshua Burke or on 01772 220 155. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.