Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Certain apprentices to return to training from 15 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Certain apprentices to return to training from 15 June 2020

The Department for Education has updated its guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment (EPA) organisations and external quality assurance providers about changes to apprenticeships due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The most recent update, of 2 June 2020, adds information on apprentices returning to work, apprentices returning to undertake EPA within assessment centres, apprentices returning to train in an educational setting, payments to training providers and new EPA flexibilities.

The guidance states that:

• remote training should remain the predominant mode of learning for most apprentices during this time

• if there is no option to take an EPA remotely, and an assessment centre meets the safer working guidance, then apprentices can travel to them to undertake their EPA

• apprenticeship training for 16–19-year-old learners taking place in any educational setting should start offering some face-to-face contact from 15 June 2020

• educational settings must adhere to the principles set out in the guidance on protective measures in educational settings

A previous update to the guidance, made on 19 May 2020, added information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the government’s safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and arrangements for apprentices made redundant.

Source: Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and external quality assurance providers about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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