The ESFA review apprenticeship funding policy on an ongoing basis to ensure it supports growth in quality apprenticeships and provides opportunities for all in an affordable and sustainable way, which delivers value for money for the taxpayer. Parts of the policy may be adapted in future to deliver programme objectives and other government priorities.
Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term success. Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. As the economy recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, apprenticeships will be more important than ever in helping businesses to recruit the right people, and develop the skills they need to respond to conditions and grow – both now and in the long-term. Therefore, our policy is designed to support and protect current apprentices and to help employers maintain or rebuild the pipeline of new apprenticeship starts.
As part of the initial response to the outbreak the ESFA agreed a range of flexibilities that support current apprentices to remain in learning and continue with their apprenticeship. Some flexibilities continue beyond 1 August 2020, further details can be found in the guidance found below.