News

6/7/20

Following the latest advice from government, Bottle Green Training will be opening its doors to students in September.  We have sufficient facilities and policies in place to be able to create cohort bubbles within the building.  Leaners will need to bring their own refreshments and resources in the short term and their class time may alter slightly but by no more than 15 minutes.

In the event of a localised shut down, we will still be able to provide remote learning to your student at their allocated class time, this will also ensure that learners who are self-isolating are able to access the lesson remotely.

Clarification on the Furloughing of Apprentices

We have received a high level of queries regarding furloughing students as a result of this current Covid-19 situation. It is reassuring to see that employers are looking to use furlough (job retention scheme) as a mechanism to ensure that apprentices and indeed other veterinary staff are not losing their jobs during such challenging times.

The government has confirmed that apprentices can continue with funded training:

“The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows employers to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions, and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage.

A furloughed employee can take part in volunteer work or training, as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of the employer. Training in this context includes apprenticeship off-the-job training.

Where their provider can continue to deliver training remotely, a furloughed apprentice can therefore continue their apprenticeship whilst furloughed.

Where training is undertaken by furloughed workers, at the request of their employer, workers are entitled to be paid at least the NLW/NMW for this time. In most cases, the furlough payment of 80% of a worker’s wage, up to the value of £2,500, will provide sufficient monies to cover these training hours. However, where the furlough payment does not meet the appropriate minimum wage for the time spent training, employers will need to pay the additional wages.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-apprentices-employers-training-providers-end-point-assessment-organisations-and-external-quality-assurance-pro

The amount of training that is being delivered remotely to learners by BGT will not exceed their 20% OTJ requirement. Therefore as students are being paid for 80% of their income whilst furloughed an employer will not need to provide any top up.

A period of furlough provides an excellent mechanism for building up 20% Off the Job time which will be beneficial once the return to work happens.

For individual apprentices the ability to make progress, engage with others in a similar situation and learn new knowledge, skills and behaviours is a significant positive for the support, mental health and wellbeing for your students. Undertaking learning will assist in reducing any anxieties as they remain engaged in study related to their employment.

We would be keen to work with you to ensure the process of furlough is as positive as possible. Please contact us at BGT on training@bgt.org.uk if you would like further assistance as to how this will apply in your circumstances.