Your continuing success as a company is at the heart of what we do. Haddon Training strives to deliver excellent training and support to your apprentices to aid the growth and development of your business.
This section outlines:
- Our contingency plan and training commitment
- Current government advice and support for your businesses
- NHS Advice
- Frequently asked questions to help support you and your apprentices and their training with us
- Our Training Commitment
We are very mindful of the health, safety and wellbeing of our apprentices, staff and you as our clients/employers, and with this in mind, we have put together contingency plans so we can continue delivering our apprenticeship training remotely.
As a result of the outbreak, we are aware of the need to minimise direct contact and we have therefore moved all our face-to-face visits to remote sessions with immediate effect.
Our Trainer-Coaches and Area Managers are already extremely proficient in this practice and will be able to answer any questions you may have surrounding this.
If for any reason your apprentice would have to be at home, we will plan to deliver the mandatory 20% off-the-job training. This will lessen the demand for this training when your business returns to normal day-to-day operations.
- The Latest Government Advice for Businesses
The latest government advice is to stay at home. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
Employers must make all efforts to help people to work from home where possible, as this will help limit the spread of the virus by reducing the amount of contact between people.
For further information please visit the government website where you will find details on
- how to keep your employees safe
- how to clean the workplace safely
- check what you need to do about statutory sick pay
- what the government is doing to support businesses
- What you need to know
- businesses and workplaces should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible
- if someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to stay at home
- employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
- frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
- employees will need your support to adhere to the recommendation to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to others
- those who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work
- employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients
- if the evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
- employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible
- Limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in business and workplaces
- businesses and employers can help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by reminding everyone of the public health advice. Posters, leaflets and other materials are available.
- employees and customers should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal.
- frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products.
- Support for businesses
The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
- a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments
- a Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)
- a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
- small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
- grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
- the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
- a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
- the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
Full information from the government please click here
If you are unsure what you may be entitled to the above link will also take you to your local authority where you can enquire directly.
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.
Apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees and they can continue to train whilst furloughed.
However, you must pay your Apprentices at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage, National Living Wage or National Minimum Wage (AMW/NLW/NMW) as appropriate for all the time they spend training. This means you must cover any shortfall between the amount you can claim for their wages through this scheme and their appropriate minimum wage.
Guidance is available for changes in apprenticeship learning arrangements because of COVID-19. Click here
To access this scheme you will need to:
- designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change – changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
- submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal (HMRC will set out further details on the information required)
- HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers.
- if your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
If you made employees redundant or they stopped working for you after 28 February
If you made employees redundant, or they stopped working for you on or after 28 February 2020, you can re-employ them, put them on furlough and claim for their wages through the scheme.
- NHS Advice
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
For the latest advice from the NHS click here
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding your apprentices and their training with us
My apprentice is put into isolation because they show signs of the virus/ My apprentice is put into isolation for the next 12 weeks due to high-risk category
If the apprentice is well in themselves and feels able to complete a remote visit with our Trainer-Coach this should take place and the apprenticeship will continue as normal. Haddon will be concentrating on off-the-job learning and any requirements for the off-the-job logs and evidence gathering. This will lessen the demand for this training when your business returns to normal day-to-day operations.
My apprentice is confirmed with COVID-19 coronavirus and is not well enough to continue with an apprenticeship at this time
It is only if the learner is ill for more than one full month that we would need to put this learner on a break in learning. If the learner is ill for the first 14 days but then is able to continue via remote learning then no break is recorded and the overall apprenticeship will remain on schedule. Again we will be concentrating on the off-the-job learning and any requirements for the off-the-job logs and evidence gathering.
My apprentice has been made redundant due to COVID- 19.
Firstly please remember that there is financial support available to help you with the costs of wages and business funding. If there is no other option but to make a learner redundant then please liaise with our Trainer-Coaches during this process where our focus will be on supporting the learner to complete their qualification where it is at all possible.
Redundancy where the apprentice has less than 6 months to go to planned end date
If the apprentice has less than 6 months to go on their apprenticeship programme, they are able to complete the apprenticeship without being employed. Active learning will continue during the duration of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We will be concentrating on the off-the-job learning and any requirements for off-the-job logs and evidence gathering while we work remotely and where possible, evidence can be continued to be gathered for the portfolio.
We will need a statement from you as the employer to state that they have been made redundant to comply with government guidelines. Exit paperwork will also be completed with you.
Redundancy where the apprentice has more than 6 months to go to planned end date
If the apprentice has more than 6 months to go on their apprenticeship programme we will need to support them into new employment if possible within 12 weeks, and with active learning continuing during this period. We will be concentrating on the off-the-job learning and any requirements for off-the-job logs and evidence gathering while we work remotely and where possible, evidence can be continued to be gathered for the portfolio.
Our Business Development Team will be notified to work with other employers to find alternative employment where possible. We will need a statement from you as the employer to state that they have been made redundant to comply with government guidelines. Exit paperwork will also be completed with you.
If the learner is not successfully back in learning at another employer after 12 weeks we will regrettably need to withdraw them from the programme and they will not be able to complete their apprenticeship.
My apprentice needs to reduce their hours during this period of time
Please inform the Trainer-Coach what these hours have been reduced to and we will need you as the employer to complete a timesheet outlining their revised hours. We will also need to extend the overall duration of the apprenticeship. We will need to ensure that they receive an average of 30 hours over the duration of the programme which Haddon Training will support you with working out. We need to have a copy of this information in writing from you as the employer, alongside the timesheet, and this can be submitted via email. Active learning will continue remotely as planned.
- Useful links
We hope that this information has been useful and informative. Never before has regular and good communication been so critical for us all to maintain with each other during this abnormal and extraordinary set of circumstances.
If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our very best to support and work with you in these difficult and unusual times.
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