What can I do to support a safe return to work for my Apprentices and how do I support social distancing in the work place?
Please refer to the Government Guidance for Safe working practices with Social distancing
It is also worth noting that some industries have Covid related training and certifications . eg. The hair and beauty sector.
What happens if my apprentice has finished their first yearbut the business is unable to support them into the second year with reduced work coming and having to ensure social distancing is enforced? Can the apprenticeship be paused or is it best to make the apprentice redundant?
In the present circumstances there are many variables and unknowns. It is possible to defer an apprentice if the plan is for them to return to work for you. Your apprentice is like any other employee and it is best to get legal guidance to check you are doing the right thing. If you wish to discuss your situation further contact your York College assessor or Business Development Advisor or consult the ACAS website.
You can also contact their helpline on 0300 123 1100, open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
What is happening with End Point Assessments as my Apprentice is due/was due to go forward for their EPA?
Many End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) have put their End Point Assessments (EPA) on hold. We are working closely with EPAO’s to find out what if any flexibilities they are introducing, and as soon as End Point Assessments are able to go ahead we will let apprentices and employers know.
How do I go about bringing my Apprentices back off Furlough?
As your Apprentice is your employee you will need to refer to, and understand the Government guidance specifically for apprentices who have been made redundant/ furloughed.
The Government have also made additional funding available to help boost business by recruiting an apprentice.
I’m looking to take an Apprentice on to help my Business recover and grow how do I go about this?
All businesses employing an apprentice aged between 16-18 are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment from the government. This is also available for any apprentice under 25 who has an education, health and care plan or in the care of the Local Authority.
In addition to this existing £1000 incentive, you can apply for extra funding to help give your organisation a boost. If you are hiring a new apprentice between the 1st of August to the 31st of January 2021, you could be eligible to receive up to £2000 for an apprentice aged between 16-24 and up to £1500 for an apprentice aged 25 years or over.
Whichever category you fit into York College can help you develop apprenticeship programmes and provide guidance to access funding to help develop the skills you need for your workforce. Contact our team for more information or visit our funding advice page.
Apprentices usually come into college for their enrolment will this be happening again this year?
Due to the circumstances we are in the college is undertaking a different enrolment process this year. This will be done online. However, our business development advisors will be in touch with you and your apprentices as to how this will happen and will happily talk you through and support you with each element of the process.
Can apprentices start working for me now?
Once apprentices have fully enrolled and all agreements and contracts are in place, they can commence employment with the company as an apprentice. If they wish to recruit a new apprentice before the process has been completed, they will need to be paid the minimum wage for their age.
For information on National Minimum wages please refer to the government advice on this topic.