Christine Gregory

Breaks in Learning

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Hi,

I have a couple of questions regarding BILs, more for clarity really.

We have a learner who has been off work due to mental health problems, but the employer is unable to contact them - firstly should we try and contact them, secondly can we place them on a BIL in the meantime?

Next scenario - we have a learner who started in 20/21 but went on a BIL within the QP due to mental health problems, she fell pregnant whilst on the BIL so has still not returned.  The employer and ourselves have attempted on numerous occasions to contact her but without success.  What are we able to do about this as I am aware that the employer is in a bit of impossible situation due to her being on maternity leave.

Thanks, Christine

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Ben James

firstly should we try and contact them

Use your best judgement, but I would say there's nothing wrong with a gently worded email inquiring as to whether they intend to resume their apprenticeship when they're feeling better equipped to do so 

secondly can we place them on a BIL in the meantime?

If they've not engaged for 4 weeks you can put them on a BIL; sounds like the employer would concur if they've not been able to contact them either

What are we able to do about this as I am aware that the employer is in a bit of impossible situation due to her being on maternity leave.

Either leave her on a break in learning, or withdraw her from the programme and restart her once she resumes contact with you/the employer. You'll take a statistical hit with the latter, but it will be 'neater' and there's cause to do so. You could always send her a final email clarifying your position, suggesting that whilst you appreciate she may have other important commitments at this time, you need to know if/approximately when she intends to return, and that a failure to respond will result in her withdrawal from the programme but that she can restart it later (subject to it being available/the employer being willing to support it)

Steveh

Second one might get a bit tricky if she's on a contract that is tied to her App, would probably leave her on a break for now...

Assuming she's not back by R04, she'd probably count as an "out of time" break for QAR purposes, but if she wasn't on programme for 42 days, then a withdrawal wouldn't usually count against you in that circumstance...