Apprentices returning to train in an educational settingCoronavirusThis article sits within the Coronavirus section
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021 confirming a new national lockdown, training providers, employers and end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must ensure that training and assessment takes place remotely wherever possible.
Face-to-face training and assessment can continue in colleges, training providers’ premises, assessment venues and workplaces for:
- vulnerable young apprentices;
- the children of key workers who need it;
- end-point assessment (EPA) and Functional Skills (FSQ) assessments where it cannot be conducted remotely and where providers and EPAOs judge it right to do so;
- training that is essential to enable apprentices to prepare for and undertake their end-point-assessment which was due in January or is planned for February or March.
Face-to-face training and assessment can 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.
From 8 March 2021:
- All apprentices will be able to return to all educational settings except for apprentices in higher education (HE) settings.
- Apprentices in HE settings should continue to train remotely. Those who need practical training can return to HE settings to access specialist equipment and facilities.
- Apprentices undertaking higher and degree apprenticeships in further education (FE) and community settings can continue to undertake training and assessment on-site
- Face-to-face training and assessment can continue in employers’ covid-secure settings where it is safe and practical to do so.
Training providers, employers and end-point assessment organisations should continue to judge the appropriate balance of on-site and remote training and assessment to provide high quality training.