The latest Government guidance around furloughed apprentices was published in December 2020 and it agreed that you can carry on your apprenticeship training if you are put on furlough. Furlough means that there is no work to do or the business you work for is unable to operate due to Covid-19. Your employer and your training provider must agree that you can continue your off-the-job training at home to carry on with your apprenticeship.
The furlough or ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ where the Government pays 80% of your salary up to a cap of £2,500 a month is due to finish at the end of April 2021.
There are some rules to adhere to while on furlough, and it is very important that you do not do any work for your employer. You can do volunteer work, apprenticeship off-the-job training and apprenticeship progress reviews. It is important that you only discuss the progress of your apprenticeship without taking part in any work, which includes listening in on work meetings.
You can use work equipment such as a laptop or phone if they are needed to complete your apprenticeship training.
If you are due for your EPA, it must be conducted remotely wherever possible, although it can take place face-to-face if it is absolutely necessary. Providers can access guidance for the delivery of both remote and on-site EPAs.