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Apprentices returning to train in an educational setting

From 15 June 2020, apprentices aged 16 to 19 can continue with their apprenticeship training at a ‘further education setting’. Further education settings include:

  • further education and sixth form colleges
  • employer-providers who have a training centre
  • other training providers

All apprentices are allowed to continue with their apprenticeship training that takes place within the workplace. Check the guidance on safely returning to work.

Training providers should try to train apprentices remotely, but can offer some face-to-face training if it’s safe, practical and they apply protective measures. Only 25% of a training provider’s further education learners can attend face-to-face training at any one time.

Calculating attendance limit

Do not include vulnerable young people or children of critical workers who have returned to learning in the attendance limit. Even if these learners are not in the first year of their apprenticeship or are over 19 years old.

  1. Calculate how many 16 to19 apprentices you have who are in their first year of their apprenticeship.
  2. Calculate how many vulnerable young people and children of critical workers you have who are:
  • not in their first year
  • over 19
  • already attending

3. Add the numbers from 1 and 2 together to get your daily limit for the number of apprentices who can attend your educational setting.

Who to prioritise

In addition to the training you’re providing for vulnerable young people and children of critical workers, you can offer face-to face training to any 16 to 19 apprentice. You can prioritise offering face-to-face training for apprentices aged 16 to 19 who:

  • are in the first year of their apprenticeship
  • need the training to help them complete their apprenticeship
  • have key assessment dates coming up

Main face-to-face contact is for 16 to19 apprentices but we understand that there may be some programmes that include apprentices who are over 19.  We’ve offered some flexibility to allow these individuals to attend with the rest of their cohort, as long as you do not go over the total 25% attendance limit.

You should continue to train adult apprentices remotely.

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