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Current Guidance – COVID-19

March 17, 2020

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.