Apprentice FAQs:

  • My place of work is closed due to COVID-19. Can I continue with my training?

    Yes, you should continue to study towards your apprenticeship as per the learning plan that has been agreed with your employer. Your tutor/assessor will contact you and will continue to support you remotely using the College learning platforms: Learning Assistant, Canvas or IMI . Reviews and training will be conducted remotely via telephone or online.

  • How will the phased return to College work?

    If you are asked to return to the College, we will contact you before the end of June with further details about your provisional timetable and the continuation of your programme. You will also have direct communication and support from your individual assessor over the coming weeks about your next steps.

    For provision where learning can take place without the requirement for training or assessment in our technical workshops (for example, business administration), apprentices will continue to be supported remotely by their trainer/assessor and will not be asked to attend the College campus at this time.

  • What if I cannot attend work for an extended period?

    Most people infected with COVID-19 will recover within two weeks. An official break in learning would only apply if you were absent for a period of four weeks or more. In these circumstances the College would discuss the options with you and your employer, and apply any appropriate interventions which might include a break in learning.

  • How will the current situation affect my End Point Assessment (EPA)?

    We are currently waiting on guidance from EPA organisations on their approach. It is likely that we will experience some delays in being able to book assessments. Where it is possible to complete some of the assessed elements remotely then this will take place as normal. Where the EPA requires a ‘face to face’ element, we are waiting to see what the requirement will be under these circumstances. We will keep you and your employer notified of any updates.

Employer FAQs:

  • Should I ask our apprentice to stop coming into the workplace until COVD-19 has passed?

    The apprentice is an employee in your business and as a result will be subject to the policies and procedures that you adopt in response to the outbreak. It is important that you ensure the apprentice is clear on their work expectation during any changes to the operation of your business. This includes any off the job training that has been agreed.

  • How will the phased return to College work?

    We will contact you before the end of June with further details about the provisional timetable proposed for your apprentice(s) and the continuation of their programme. Apprentices will also have direct communication and support from their individual assessor over the coming weeks about their next steps.

    For provision where learning can take place without the requirement for training or assessment in our technical workshops (for example, business administration), apprentices will continue to be supported remotely by their trainer/assessor and will not be asked to attend the College campus at this time.

  • What if our apprentices cannot attend work for an extended period?

    It is likely that anyone infected with COVID-19 will recover within two weeks. An official break in learning only applies if the apprentice is absent for a period of four weeks or more. In these circumstances, the College would discuss the options with you and apply any appropriate interventions which might include putting the apprentice on a break in learning.

  • How will the current situation affect my apprentices End Point Assessment (EPA)?

    We are currently waiting on guidance from EPA organisations on their approach. It is likely that we will experience some delays in being able to book assessments. Where it is possible to complete some of the assessed elements remotely then this will take place as normal. Where the EPA requires a ‘face to face’ element then we will wait to see what the requirement will be under these circumstances. We will keep you and your apprentice notified.

  • Can I recruit an apprentice at this time?

    We will continue to work with you and your team to enable continued recruitment of apprentices.  In some cases, we are finding that organisations are using this ‘down time’ to plan and set up ready new training. All our processes: advertising, communication, interviewing and paperwork can be done remotely.

  • Are apprentices eligible for furlough?

    An apprentice is an employee and is entitled to the same conditions as all other employees on your payroll. The following is the latest Government advice (on businesssupport.gov.uk):

    “Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to March 1st and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary.”

Contact Details

Contact Details


Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

Town Centre Campus


Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

Stephen Burke Construction Academy


Construction Academy, 21 Tetron Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 OBB