In light of the new national lockdown restrictions put in place, the Department for Education has issued new guidance for training providers, employers, assessment organisations and apprentices.

The update describes how and when apprentices can safely train and undertake assessment in the workplace and educational and assessment settings; and the temporary flexibilities which apply during the coronavirus pandemic. It states that wherever possible, training providers, employers and EPAOs must ensure that training and assessment takes place remotely.

In summary:

  • Face-to-face training and assessment can continue in colleges and training providers’ premises for vulnerable young apprentices and the children of key workers who need it.
  • Face-to-face training and assessment can also continue in employers’ covid-secure settings where it is essential for workers to attend their workplace, and where it is safe and practical to do so.
  • End-point assessment (EPA) and Functional Skills (FSQ) assessments can continue in colleges, training providers’ premises, assessment venues and workplaces where it cannot be conducted remotely and where providers and end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) judge it right to do so.

The full update, as published on the government’s official website can be found here.


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