We have just received this guidance from Ministers. We have published The Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19. Minister Keegan wrote to the non-college FE sector (Apprenticeships – Minister Keegan Letter – Covid Response 23 March).
Our guidance provides information on:
- applying the policy on breaks in learning;
- delays to end-point assessment (EPA); and
- alternative arrangements for EPA and external quality assurance.
And set out details of the specific support we are providing, which 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 timeframe.
- 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 four 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.
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has also published new guidance on the delivery of assessment at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/response-to-covid-19/
This guidance will be updated regularly as we develop further areas of our programme to support providers, employers and apprentices.
Please keep safe and protect others following the latest Government advice.
National Apprenticeship Service
Education and Skills Funding Agency
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