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Date announced for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 8– 15 February 2021, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan has announced today (21 September).

The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will showcase how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds. Employers are encouraged to promote the great work of their apprentices, whilst highlighting the many benefits apprenticeships bring to business. Apprentices, at all stages of their learning will also be celebrated over the course of National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

Announcing the date for the Week in 2021, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said:

“National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to highlight the amazing opportunities that an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy.

“It has been fantastic to see how employers of all sizes have gone above and beyond to ensure apprentices can continue their studies during this unprecedented time. The week is also an opportunity to shine a light on how apprentices of all ages and backgrounds are helping to transform businesses across the country.

“As a former apprentice I know what a life changing experience it can be, and I’m looking forward to being part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and seeing first-hand the inspiring ways apprentices and their employers continue to deliver.”

The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 will be announced later in the Autumn.

Version 8 of the guidance on the apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19 has been published  click here for details

This version focuses on:

  • Information on the actions that training providers should take for the return of apprentices in September
  • As apprentices return to work, assessment centres and educational settings, training providers, employers and EPAOs consider how best to minimise the risks of coronavirus transmission when determining how and when training and assessment takes place.
  • Apprenticeship delivery can be extremely flexible and it is up to training providers, employers and EPAOs to agree how training is delivered, and how assessments are undertaken.  They may want to take advantage of more than one delivery method to balance any risks from coronavirus with providing a full educational experience.
  • We ask that training providers, employers and EPAOs consider how much apprentices from different employers mix with other learners and staff when training in an educational setting or undertaking assessment.
  • Updated guidance on workplaces and assessment centres.
  • Additional information on local outbreaks, contingencies for outbreaks, and links to the wider FE guidance.
  • Confirmation that we are planning to restart routine funding audits from September 2020.
  • How apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, can access online and telephone support through the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.
  • Information on the new incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.

ALPHI network support for employers in uncertain times

ALPHI is compiling a list of member support available to employers and their employees to support them with upskilling, returning to work, business development and continuous improvement. See here for details.

If you are an ALPHI memeber and would like to add your employer support provision then please download the template by clicking here and email it to

 Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) Launched

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched today by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1 August).   The new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure apprentices can access local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health and wellbeing support, and help them to find a new job should they need it. Apprentices can also search and apply for other available apprenticeship opportunities across the country. Read more....

 £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships 

Details on how the ESFA will manage new traineeship opportunities for 16 – 18 year old will be published shortly. All opportunities to bid for the funding will be handled through the DfE’s e-sourcing portal. Organisations who do not already have an existing account must register one as this is the only method to access tendering documentation. Register here

Read the full ESFA update here.

Covid-19 ASK update

ALPHI can now offer a programme of virtual activities for students

Download the ASK Virtual Brochure of activities here.

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