Lisa Margach

Covid exceptions for WFH

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Hi All,

I know learners have to spend 50% of their time in England, but has there been any rules due to covid that if someone is sent to WFH by their employer as they cannot be in the office, but they live in Wales, and may be there for a prolonged period of time, surely this cannot make them ineligible as the employer is following government guidelines.  Is there any exceptions to this at the moment?

Many Thanks

Lisa

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Victoria Mansfield

Hi Lisa, we had a learner in this position and just got word from our case manager that the Funding Rules Policy Team said:

Although the funding rules require an apprentice to spend at least 50% of their working time in England we understand that, due to the outbreak, some apprentices will have had no option but to work and train remotely from a location outside of England. Where an apprentice is spending more than 50% of their working time, over the duration of their apprenticeship, outside of England due to coronavirus (COVID-19) they will remain eligible for support.

We would advise providers that a note is added to the evidence pack detailing this.

For more information, please refer to our Covid-19 guidance - this document is located on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response