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Online Apprenticeships - FAQs

Apprenticeships and COVID-19 Information

 

See below for answers to these Frequently Asked Questions:

Is apprenticeships training continuing during COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes definitely!

Skills Training UK is committed to maintaining training and individual support which is flexible to employer and employee needs during the crisis.

We are doing this through online learning, live training webinars, bite-size training videos and individual support.

 

What if the employee has been furloughed? Can their apprenticeship continue?

Yes definitely! Furlough rules allow apprenticeship training to continue during the furlough period.

The furlough period is a good opportunity for employees to continue their professional development.

Our trainers are contacting apprentices and continuing their training through our flexible online learning and 1-2-1 support.

 

What if the employee is working from home?

Our trainers will make contact with apprentices and continue their training through our flexible online learning and 1-2-1 support.

 

What if I have redeployed the employee during the crisis, or they are unwell?

We can be flexible so please contact us to discuss.

Our aim is to help every employee to continue with their apprenticeship training during the COVID-19 crisis.

A four-week break can be arranged if necessary, and the apprentice can continue their programme later. In the first instance, please contact us to discuss.

 

How does online apprenticeship training work?

We are providing packages of online learning which are flexible and individual to each employee and include:

  • High quality live training webinars delivered by our trainers. Please contact us for the webinar calendar.
  • A suite of bite-size training videos which cover all elements of the Apprenticeship Standards and have been recorded by our expert trainers
  • 1-2-1 learner support from trainers using telephone and video calls

 

Do apprentices need to be put on a break in learning if away from the workplace or furloughed?

Absolutely not! Continued participation in learning progression is actively encouraged by the government and all advisory bodies and can be supported fully by our live remote learning and distance learning resources. At Skills Training UK we have everything in place to ensure apprentices' continued development is as seamless a fashion as possible.

 

Should we continue paying the Apprenticeship Levy?

Yes. The Government guidelines state that this should continue to be paid as usual.

 

What are the rules re furlough and the Apprentices Minimum Wage (AMW)?

Furloughed workers who are not working can be paid the lower of 80% of their salary or £2,500 even if, based on their usual working hours, this would be below their appropriate minimum wage. However, time spent training is treated as working time for the purposes of the minimum wage calculations and must be paid at the appropriate minimum wage, taking into account the increase in minimum wage rates from 1 April 2020.

You will, therefore, need to ensure that the furlough payment provides sufficient monies to cover these training hours. Where the furlough payment is less than the appropriate minimum wage entitlement for the training hours, you will need to pay the additional wages to ensure at least the appropriate minimum wage is paid for 100% of the training time.

The Government Guidance for employers on claiming for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available here.

 

What is the official Government Guidance on apprenticeships during COVID-19?

The Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency guidance is as follows:

We are encouraging and supporting employers, and training and assessment providers, to make use of distance-learning tools wherever possible and practicable to do so.

Specifically, we are encouraging training providers to deliver training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable.

Official Government Guidance on apprenticeships during COVID-19.

 

What is the official Government Guidance on end-point assessments during COVID-19?

The Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency guidance is as follows:

Specifically, we are:

  • 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.

 

Get in Touch

Contact your trainer to access our online training, webinars and support

Email: help@skillstraininguk.com