FURTHER EDUCATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Apprentices

I am currently an apprentice and attend the College for my studies; will I still be able to attend?

No, as the Government has instructed all schools and colleges to close you can no longer attend College. However, you should continue your studies using the Virtual Learning Environment and complete the work set by your lecturers – they will be available to support you and you can contact them via email

I'm due an assessment, will this still take place?

Yes, wherever possible, our assessors will contact you to complete your assessment online and/or by video

Do I need to continue my off the job training?

Yes, whilst still at work you should continue to record evidence of your 20% off the job training

My employer has instructed me to work from home, what should I do?

If you have to work from home or your employer’s premises have closed please contact your lecturer

I am due to sit my End Point Assessment – will this still go ahead?

For anyone who has an End Point Assessment (EPA) scheduled, every effort will be made to ensure that apprentices can be assessed in accordance with current EPA plan. Where this is not possible, we will look to extend your apprenticeship in order to reschedule your EPA.

Who can I speak to for more advice?

Contact your lecturer in the first instance.


Prospective Apprentices

I was thinking of an apprenticeship after my GCSEs, can I still apply?

Yes, our apprenticeship advisors are available to talk to you and offer advice. Email:apprentceships@stephensoncoll.ac.uk or request a call back using the enquiry form on the website

I was due to attend an interview and assessment at College, is this still going ahead?

No, as College is closed these are no longer taking place. However, we will be carrying out telephone interviews instead and you will be contacted by email to arrange a suitable time for your interview.

As I am no longer able to sit my exams, am I still able to apply for an Apprenticeship?

Yes, we recognise that you may be worried about your GCSE grades and how this will impact your application. If the grades awarded to you don’t meet the entry criteria, we will follow our standard assessment procedure and discuss each learner’s requirements on an individual basis.

Ofqual have released a letter for GCSE students (03/04/2020).

Are Apprenticeship positions still being advertised?

Yes, visit the apprenticeship page on our website or the national apprenticeship website for details of the current vacancies.

https://stephensoncoll.ac.uk/apprenticeships

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeships

Due to the current economic situation, should I consider a different route following my GCSEs?

In order to be an apprentice you need to be employed. Due to the current climate employers’ recruitment plans may have to be delayed this year, therefore we recommend you have a Plan B. Our Apprenticeship Advisors are available to talk through your options and, if appropriate, help you to complete an online application for one of our full time courses.


Employers

I have an apprentice who completes their studies with you; can I still send them to College?

No, as the Government has instructed all schools and colleges to close you can no longer you’re your apprentice to College. However, they should continue their studies using the Virtual Learning Environment and will be supported by their lecturers to complete assignments set for them. They will also need to continue to collect evidence of their 20% off the job training.

As my apprentice is no longer attending College, will they still be able to complete their apprenticeship?

Yes, apprentices will still be able to continue their studies and assessments online. Their lecturer will support them with this.

I have had to close/ask employees to work from home, how will this affect my apprentice?

If this happens, Apprentices should contact their lecturer

Can I still contact the College?

Yes, College staff are working remotely and have access to their emails. For general enquiries you can contact the apprenticeship team by email: apprenticeships@stephensoncoll.ac.uk

Useful Links

Apprenticeship Government Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response...

Cancellation of Exams Government Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/...

Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/covid-19-information-regarding-apprenticeships/