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Furloughed apprentices

Employers can keep their apprentices on the organisation’s payroll even if they’re unable to operate or have no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is known as putting them ‘on furlough’.

How the government is supporting you

The government set up the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that lets employers claim up to 80% of their employee’s usual monthly wages if they’re on furlough. 

Employers can claim up to £2,500 per month for each employee’s wages. They can also claim for the National Insurance and minimum employer pension contributions they’ve paid for on these wages.

What your apprentices can do during furlough

We’ve introduced flexibilities to help furloughed apprentices to continue their apprenticeship training, as long as they do not provide services or generate revenue for their employers. 

Furloughed apprentices can:

  • continue with their off-the-job training and end-point assessments remotely
  • use digital and distance learning
  • take part in volunteer work

You may agree with your apprentice and training provider to increase the amount of time they spend on off-the-job training. This is to make sure employers have the skills they need for the future and means they can make changes to continue supporting apprenticeships.

Where apprentices can train

When apprentices are on furlough (granted a leave of absence), they can agree with their training provider to continue with their apprenticeship training remotely. If the apprentice cannot continue with their apprenticeship training remotely, they must take a break in learning.

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