With the rise of COVID-19 cases leading to increased restrictions on movement and interaction, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has announced a further extension of apprenticeship flexibilities.
These flexibilities will now be in place until the end of August at the earliest.
In November, we reported that the Institute was extending flexibilities up until the end of March. This was to aid the completion of apprenticeships through the pandemic.
On Friday 8th January, the Institute announced the further extension to reassure the sector that apprenticeships will be able to continue.
Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the Institute, said:
“We are all too aware that the escalation of COVID-19 and resulting lockdown restrictions are hugely distressing for our sector and beyond.”
“I am determined that the Institute will continue to do all we can to support employers and providers. It is also hugely important that we do all we can to help apprentices continue their training and complete wherever possible.”
“There are now flexibilities in place for over 130 apprenticeships and it would be wrong to disrupt them at this time. That is why we have made the decision to extend.”
The Institute will not consider the withdrawal of any flexibilities until May 1st at the earliest. Any withdrawals will be preceded by a three-month notice period.
What are Apprenticeship Flexibilities?
Apprenticeship flexibilities are a relaxation of the criteria under which apprenticeships are managed.
These flexibilities ensure learners can complete their studies, even with current work and travel restrictions.
In most cases, the flexibilities pertain to End Point Assessment, and the admission of high-quality remote assessment for a wider range of standards.
As a responsive, service-driven EPAO, we recognised the value of remote assessment early. As such it forms a core part of our service delivery.
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