FAQs for Employers

This section is updated regularly as soon as we receive any new information. LAST UPDATE: 08/04/2020 14:03

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, this is currently under review to see if this can be changed to a remote option. We will update all employers and apprentices once this has been confirmed. Functional Skills exams can be sat using Evolve software rather than paper based exams, with a manager invigilating the exam. All training and support will be given to the manager prior to the exam taking place.

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.