Coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns have resulted in businesses across the UK having to make staff redundant to cut costs. If you’re an apprentice who’s been made redundant, don’t worry - there’s lots of support available to help you find new opportunities.
In August 2020 the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan launched the Redundancy Support Service For Apprentices (ReSSA), designed to support those who have lost their jobs to find new opportunities. Their helpline is available to support apprentices who’ve been made redundant from 0800 015 0400, Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm.
The Redundancy Support Service For Apprentices and the Education and Skills Funding Agency will work to ensure you can either complete your training and graduate from the apprenticeship or will help place you with a new apprenticeship provider. The support available varies depending on how you are through your apprenticeship.
If you’re made redundant and have less than 6 months left of your apprenticeship or if you’re 75% of the way through your apprenticeship the Education and Skills Funding Agency will provide full funding for you to complete your training.
You can continue to attend training delivered by your main provider as long as the remaining teaching elements, including the final assessment can be successfully delivered. The Education and Skills Funding Agency will fund 100% of the cost, so you can finish your apprenticeship debt free.
If you’re made redundant and are not within the last 6 months of your apprenticeship or have not completed 75% of your apprenticeship you can continue your apprenticeship training.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency will provide funding for you to continue your training for at least 12 weeks to give you time to find alternative employment.
If the apprentice finds a new employer where they can complete their apprenticeship, then the new employer assumes all outstanding liabilities and benefits from that point.
The brand new vacancy sharing service help match employers with vacancies with apprentices who’ve been made redundant and are looking for opportunities. Sign up to receive regular alerts of employers with vacancies.
To find out more information, advice, and guidance on how to make decisions about your future learning, training, and work opportunities contact the National Careers Service.
You can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser, lines are open from 8am-8pm from Monday-Friday, and 10am-5pm on Saturday.
If you run into financial difficulties as a result of being made redundant or are unable to find new employment you can apply for universal credit support to help with your living costs.
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