New government guidance on apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the construction industry and it is vital that the next generation of workers has access to the latest skills, training and guidance to ensure they can perform all disciplines of work to the highest standards with no compromise to their own safety or that of their colleagues.
FASET is here to support all workers in the construction sector, including apprentices. We note with great interest that the government has updated its guidance on apprenticeships confirming:
- As of 13 July 2020, providers can welcome back apprentices aged 19+ into educational settings, in addition to 16 – 19 year olds
- Face-to-face training can be reintroduced for apprentices aged 19+ where this can be safely accommodated
- The flexibility to suspend functional skills for level 2 apprentices has been extended until 31 December 2020
Where an apprentice has been made redundant but is continuing their apprenticeship study, they can claim Universal Credit (UC) if they satisfy the eligibility criteria.