Apprenticeship COVID-19


Update summary

  • 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 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's essential for workers to attend their workplace, and where it's safe and practical to do so.
  • end-point assessment and functional skills assessments can continue in colleges, training providers’ premises, assessment venues and workplaces where it can't be conducted remotely and where providers and EPAOs judge it right to do so.

See the latest government guidance for apprenticeship employers and learning providers.

Additional funding 

As part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on employment and skills, new payments were introduced for employers in England for each new apprentice they hired between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021. The payments are:

  • £2,000 for each new apprentice aged under 25
  • £1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over

The scheme has now been extended so new apprentices employed between 1 April and 30 September 2021 will be supported by a government payment of:

  • £3,000 for each new apprentice, regardless of age

These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 employers receive to support 16-18 year old apprentices and those under-25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is only for new employees. 

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