As you may know, because of the current global pandemic we have undertaken strict measures to maximize the safety of our Apprentices. This is based on a Guidance Plan outlined by the Government. From the 8th of March, Apprentices may attend on-site training at their respective workplaces and training centers only if practical measures to minimize the spread of the virus such as social distancing and mask-wearing are implemented. However, according to Government Guidelines, Higher Education & Degree Apprentices should not return to the education setting and the workplace if they are able to work remotely.
Starting “from 25 February 2021, all eligible Apprentices can start their EPA (End Point Assessment) before achieving their functional skills passes if the COVID Pandemic restrictions prevented them from doing the exams” (Gov.uk).
Apprenticeship training and assessment is typically taken place in an educational setting for example, a training provider center. As of the 8th of March 2021, Apprentices can return to their education settings and assessments settings whether they are partaking in onsite training, currently doing their exams or working on their EPA.
Higher Education/Degree Apprentices can return to their Higher Education settings only if they require the practical equipment and facilities or are unable to work remotely otherwise, they are required to train and work remotely.