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Legislation amendment will allow more redundant apprentices to complete their apprenticeships

Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister

Apprentice Redundancy Support Service 

Currently the Education and Skills Funding Agency continue to fund apprentices to complete if they are made redundant within six months of their final day of training.

DfE are changing the law to extend this support to also fund to completion for apprentices who are at least 75% of their way through their apprenticeship at the point of redundancy. The change will mean more redundant apprentices can complete their apprenticeship, putting them in a stronger position to secure new employment.

As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, from September DfE are supporting employers to invest in the skilled workforce they need to recover and grow by offering £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25 and £1,500 for those aged 25 and over.

DfE have laid a Statutory Instrument in Parliament that will amend legislation to allow more redundant apprentices to complete their apprenticeships.

Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said:

“Covid-19 has had a big impact on the economy, and we know that some apprentices have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy as a result.

“Our Redundancy Support Service is making sure apprentices can get the help they need.

“We are going even further by changing the law so more apprentices who have been made redundant can complete their programmes. We want to make sure that every apprentice has the training and skills they have gained recognised so that they can continue on their track and build their career”.

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