New flexibility issued by the ESFA

Confirmation that where an apprentice has been made redundant, but is continuing their apprenticeship study, they can claim Universal Credit (UC) as long as they satisfy all eligibility criteria.

Announcement that the ESFA will be launching a service for redundant apprentices.

The temporary flexibility suspending the funding rule requiring level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, level 2 functional skills assessments has been extended until 31 December 2020.

The below link sets out guidance and some temporary flexibilities to the apprenticeship funding rules that the ESFA are introducing to the programme during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and provides answers to questions related to these changes and other common questions. Some of these flexibilities, introduced during the 2019 to 2020 funding year continue beyond 1 August 2020 and therefore this guidance should be read alongside both the 2019 to 20 and 2020 to 21 apprenticeship funding rules, which can be found on the apprenticeship funding rules page.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-apprentices-employers-training-providers-end-point-assessment-organisations-and-external-quality-assurance-pro

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