Employers can furlough their apprentice as they can for any other of their employees, which is the preferred choice for all apprentices as this allows them to carry out training at home and meet the requirements of their 20% off the job training. Nova Training have adapted delivery models to provide online learning and ensure apprentices continue their training effectively at home.
Apprentices furloughed who are on the minimum apprentice wage of £4.15 cannot drop below this so the Government support of 80% would need topping back up to the 100% by the employer. They cannot be paid less than the £4.15 per hour (or the national minimum wage as follows)
April 2020 (current rate)
25 and over £8.72
21 to 24 £8.20
18 to 20 £6.45
Under 18 £4.55
For employers who are not in a position to do this then the apprentice can be put on ‘a break in learning’ which will pause their apprenticeship and not stop it. Please speak to your Nova Training Apprentice Coach or call 01902 716100 first before doing this
For employers considering making their apprentice redundant, please speak to your Nova Training Apprentice Coach or call 01902 716100 to see what other options are available before you do this.