Apprenticeship advice: Breaks in learning during Covid-19

These are difficult times for employers, apprentices and providers of apprenticeship training and assessment. We would like to share guidance and temporary flexibilities introduced by the National Apprenticeship Service during the pandemic, and will hopefully provide answers to questions related to these changes and other common questions.


Apprenticeship funding rules already make provision for disruption in learning:

  • less than 4 weeks – in these circumstances neither the employer, nor the training provider, needs to report the interruption, the end-date for the apprenticeship remains the same and there is no change to the payment of funding
  • more than 4 weeks – in these circumstances, employers and/or training providers must report a formal break in learning. Where a break in learning is reported, the payment of funding to the training provider will be suspended for the duration of the break in learning

Where breaks in learning are required, it is our goal that apprentices are able promptly to resume their apprenticeship and continue to successful completion of end-point assessment.

Funding rules currently state that a break in learning must be initiated by the apprentice. Employers and training providers can now, temporarily, also report and initiate a break in learning where the interruption to learning is greater than 4 weeks.

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