The government is intending to put new legislation in place to help more apprentices that have been made redundant complete their course and achieve their qualification.
A Statutory Instrument (SI) has been laid in parliament that will allow the ESFA to continue to fund apprentices to complete their training, providing they are at least 75% of their way through their course when they were made redundant.
The current legislation states that the ESFA will continue to fund apprentices to completion, if they are made redundant within six months of their final day of training.
This new SI must be debated in both the House of Commons and House of Lords before it can become law. Once the legislation has come in to force it will apply to apprentices made redundant from that day onwards – it will not apply retrospectively.
Apprenticeships and skills minister Gillian Keegan said: “Covid-19 has had a big impact on the economy, and we know that some apprentices have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy as a result. Our redundancy support service is making sure apprentices can get the help they need. We are going even further by changing the law so more apprentices who have been made redundant can complete their programmes. We want to make sure that every apprentice has the training and skills they have gained recognised so that they can continue on their track and build their career.”
The “redundancy support service” is new online and telephone support for apprentices who have lost their jobs during Covid-19 outbreak.
The full story, as reported in FE Week can be found here.