Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships


The DfE has announced new flexibilities to help maintain traineeship provision during the pandemic. On its published flexibilities request list, AELP had pointed out that due to Covid-19, there are scenarios where are trainees are stuck on programme without a work placement and trainees wanting to start their traineeships, but lacking work placement opportunities. We said that flexibility was required – for example, trainees could undertake training and defer their work placement element until a later date.

Today’s government announcement allows for a reduced work experience duration and an extended programme duration of up to 12 months. The details can be found here under item 7. 

Commenting on the granted flexibilities, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

“We very much welcome the changes as they will help keep a critical programme alive. But to prevent abuse on the relaxation of the work experience requirements, they must only apply while the lockdown remains for each sector. The extended programme duration is also a sensible decision. It’s essential that traineeships are in rude health to help deal with the surge in youth unemployment and they can form the foundation of a wider pre-employment programme in the coming months.”



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