FAQs for Employers

This section is updated regularly as soon as we receive any new information. LAST UPDATE: 22/06/2020 09:31

No, but from Monday March 23 it is only open for students who are most vulnerable, or those whose parents or carers are classified as ‘key workers’. To ensure the health and safety of staff and students, we need to keep social mobility to a minimum – which means everyone else should now be studying or working from home.

Yes, payments will still be made to the college from the ESFA as normal, these will then be paid to employers as normal.

Yes, the government have advised of financial packages that have been made available to support employers to pay their staff:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-announces-workers-support-package

Awarding organisations are working with colleges and training providers to ensure we can still complete EPA’s using remote technology where possible. Some EPA’s do require a face to face assessment, where it is not possible to change this to a remote option we will work with apprentices and employers to book the EPA as soon as possible under the required Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

Functional Skills exams for all apprentices who are due to have achieved their Apprenticeship by the 31st July will have their Functional Skills qualifications awarded with the use of predicted grades, this means that the exam will not need to be sat, we will be using the work they have already completed with their assessor to support their achievement.

 

Apprentices will not need to wait for their Functional Skills certificate to be issued before they are put forward for their EPA, as soon as their assessor confirms they have the required evidence to support your predicted grade, they will then work with you and your apprentice to book the EPA.

Yes, we have an active Talent Pool with new applicants being added on a daily basis, we can arrange interviews using online meeting software or in-company interviews depending on your access restrictions.

Yes, if you have an apprentice you have recruited yourself, we can support you with the enrolment process onto an apprenticeship and assign them an assessor.

Yes, as long as you have issued work for them to complete and they still have regular support from their mentor this is fine. Your apprentices assessor will be in regular contact to offer support and progression.

Yes, we are supporting employers with interviews for applicants, this is being carried out using a variety of online applications such as Microsoft Teams, Skype and Facetime. Any software you currently use in-company can be supported as long as it is web based.

We will contact students when we know more about how grades will be calculated.

Yes, any apprentice who has been furloughed and is continuing with their apprenticeship training and support, has to be paid the national minimum wage for their age:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

If you as the employer are topping up the 20% difference then this won’t be an issue.