The government is committed to supporting apprentices, and employers continue to build the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future.

Financial support is available for businesses during this difficult time, call the new local Covid 19 helpline 01522 782189 or email to speak to a local business adviser at the Growth Hub.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) 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.

Read the full guidance here

For information regarding operational support, please see this guidance

The support includes:

  • 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 time frame
  • 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 4 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 our ambition to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks

Please read the government’s COVID-19 guidance and support for businesses, alongisde this guidance, in particular the salary support for furloughed employees, which also applies to apprentices.

Read guidance from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) on the delivery of assessment.

How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020

For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students. These should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence.

Read the full guidance document here

DfE coronavirus helpline

Telephone 0800 046 8687

If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to schools and other educational establishments in England contact the helpline.

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.

Support for Furloughed Apprentices

To support apprentices with learning whilst furloughed, please see official guidance here.

Concerns have been raised that employers and furloughed employees cannot arrange training / online learning without topping up wages above 80%. In practise, unless the training is for more than 80% of the time, Government guidance supports the view that it is unlikely that there will be a need to top up pay . Short courses therefore should be accessible and this will help businesses and staff  benefit from additional training. Please see our page on Training During COVID-19 for more information. 

See more information in the attached document at the bottom of this page. 

Page updated May 7th 2020