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Current Guidance – COVID-19

Updated 25 March 2020

Like all educational settings and employers, LMPQ has been watching the development of the global Coronavirus outbreak closely and is following the advice of the Government, Public Health England and the local authorities.

Please download the latest advice and view the Additional Support section below.


Additional support

Support for Apprentices

Can Apprentices work from home?

As an employee, you are subject to the same working arrangements and policies of other employees within your organisation . If your employer feels that there is work you can do from home, and you have the equipment to do so, then this is fine. We would encourage you and your employer to complete a Homeworking Risk Assessment. https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/home.htm

If you are working from home, we will continue to maintain monthly learning contact with you via remote platforms to support your learning and development.

What if I cannot work – either from the workplace or from home?

Your employer may be unable to allow you to work from the workplace, and it may be you cannot work from home. In this case, your employer may put you on a period of ‘furlough’ or unpaid leave. You will need to speak to your employer regarding your situation.

If you are put on a period of furlough or unpaid leave we will continue to maintain monthly learning contact with you via remote platforms to support your learning and development.

Do I need to attend the Academy?

No. All contact is being arranged to happen remotely either via Microsoft Teams, Skype or telephone. We will issue a communication when our Academies open again.

What if my Employer tells me they are making me redundant?

We hope that the newly introduced Government financial support measures for businesses will mean this can be avoided, however if necessary, please contact the Academy to confirm what will happen next so we can provide you with the required support.

If you are made redundant this does not necessarily mean your Apprenticeship will finish.

Are lessons still taking place?

No. We are conducting 1-to-1 support and learning sessions via remote learning platforms and if someone has not already been in touch with you to arrange this, they will be soon. During these sessions, learning, assessment and support will be taking place to allow you to continue to progress on your Apprenticeship journey.


Support for Employers

Can my Apprentice work from home?

Your Apprentice is your employee, and as such is subject to the same working arrangements and policies of your other employees. If you feel that there is work your Apprentice can do from home, and they have the equipment to do so, then this is fine. We would encourage you to complete a Homeworking Risk Assessment with them. https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/home.htm

What if my Apprentice cannot work – either from the workplace or from home?

The Government introduced a Financial Support mechanism for businesses this week. This allows employers to pay their employees who are unable to work – including Apprentices – and claim back 80% of their earnings for this period. In order to do this you would need to put your Apprentice on a period of furlough. You can claim back 80% of their earnings from the Government and advice on how to do this is being put together by the Government at the moment. More guidance on this is available here : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

If your Apprentice is furloughed, we will continue to maintain monthly learning contact with your learner via remote platforms to support their learning and development.

Do Apprentices need to attend the Academy?

No. All contact is being arranged to happen remotely either via Microsoft Teams, Skype or telephone. We will issue a communication when our Academies open again.

What if my Apprentice is at home, not working, not being paid?

This will mean they are on Unpaid Leave.

Please make us aware if you have any Apprentices that fall into this category.

We will continue to maintain monthly learning contact with your learner via remote platforms to support their learning and development.

What if my Apprentice is unable to work from home but I am still paying them?

We will continue to maintain monthly learning contact with your learner via remote platforms to support their learning and development.

What if I have to make my Apprentice redundant?

We hope that the newly introduced Government financial support measures will mean this can be avoided, however if necessary, please contact the Academy to confirm what will happen next.

LMPQ Finalists in 2019 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards

LMPQ are proud to have been announced as Finalists in the 2019 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards in the Training Provider of the Year category. The finalists will join hundreds of businesses and guests at the awards finals at 6:30pm on Thursday 14 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners of each category will be announced. Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, added: “Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for this year’s awards ceremony. Apprenticeships continue to have a huge impact in Worcestershire by helping apprentices and their employers to grow and achieve their ambitions.” Congratulations to all the finalists and we look forward to meeting you on the night. training-provider

LMPQ Announce Expansion Plans With New Premises

LMPQ Academy and expand move premises
Leading provider of Information Technology apprenticeships in the county, LMPQ have announced their plans for expansion by moving into St Andrews Building in Worcester. Having been based in Worcester City for over 5 years’ at The Heart of Worcestershire College, the team at LMPQ Worcester Academy are now moving into larger premises this month as part of a long term growth strategy. With a second Academy in Birmingham, LMPQ is part of the Leaping Man Group of companies and delivers the highest quality Apprenticeships in Information Technology in their Certified Microsoft Imagine Academies. The new site ensures that LMPQ can now increase their recruitment of young people across Worcestershire, helping support the next generation of IT professionals and working in partnership with local businesses to tap into fresh new talent. David Hutchinson, Commercial Director at LMPQ explains – “As we are continually expanding our apprenticeship recruitment by identifying the highest quality of motivated young people, it was a natural progression to expand our training academy in Worcester City Centre. Our new training academy at St. Andrews House, close to Worcester Corn Market, gives us the ideal site for us to develop our state-of-the-art training facility.” David adds “We’re busy getting the new facility ready for the next intake of students at the start of 2019 and we’re already inundated with applications. I’m proud to take LMPQ forward into next year and I’m looking forward to further developing our relationships with local businesses”. A Grand Opening of the new academy which takes place next month marks an incredible year for LMPQ and the Leaping Man Group. In Worcester alone over 160 apprenticeships have taken place or are currently being undertaken. By maintaining the high standards of work-related vocational training, LMPQ can provide Apprenticeships in Information Technology that allow young people to develop and thrive, giving them life long skills they can use in the business world. Understanding and nurturing the needs of both apprentices and employers has ensured the success of LMPQ across the West Midlands, striving to give young people the springboard they need to succeed long term. For more information about LMPQ’s expansion at their Worcester Academy or for full details of apprenticeship courses offered please call 01905 725722, alternatively email ITWorcester@lmpq.co.uk.