ESFA announce extension to Functional Skills suspension for apprentices

Today the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have announced that the temporary flexibility suspending the funding rule requiring level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, level 2 functional skills assessments has been extended until 31 December 2020.

This welcomed announcement was made alongside the following updates:

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Financial support for apprenticeships

In the Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update, new financial support was announced for employers hiring apprentices that are new to the business (i.e. not existing or recent employees). When an apprentice is hired between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, businesses will be given:

This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

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