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Created 02 May 2021 17:47
I'm struggling to work out what different changes in circumstances mean for a learner's ability to continue on their original apprenticeship standard after a new version of the standard has gone live. We have learners who have been on the SLMDA but have a variety of changes in circumstances, mainly due to COVID, which in some cases seem to require them to be moved on to the new SLA. As the SLMDA includes an academic degree and the SLA doesn't, this is a huge change for them which they're obviously not happy about.
If anyone has any clarity on whether the below statements are correct, it would be much appreciated!
1. A change of employer whilst a learner is on break in learning must be treated as a withdrawal and restart on the revised standard.
2. Learners returning from a break in learning can continue on the original version of the standard. (No matter how long the break is?)
3. Learners changing employer (without a break or with a break of 30 days or less) can continue on the original version of the standard.
4. Learners changing employer (with a break of more than 30 days) have to be withdrawn and must restart on the revised standard.
5. Learners made redundant who do not manage to find a new employer within 12 weeks but who subsequently find an employer and want to return to the programme must restart on the revised standard.
Finally, if they come back on the revised standard, does this still meet the criteria for P46.2 "Returns to the same apprenticeship after a break in learning or withdrawal"? Or does the fact they're coming back to the revised standard mean they have to have 12 months worth of learning left?
Thanks in advance! :)
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