Apprenticeships are essential to safeguard the future of the construction industry amid the skills shortage.
The coronavirus outbreak is putting employers, in particular smaller firms, under extreme pressure and CITB will continue to support them through this crisis.
As of 21 May over 10,800 apprentices have been contacted by our Apprenticeship officers to make them aware of support available. CITB’s partnerships team also signposted support details to over 1,000 employers and sought to address their needs.
Here are some of the measure we’ve introduced to help apprentices so far…
COVID-19 safety checklist for on-site apprentices
The checklist, based around the CLC guidance, contains measures that employers/site management must have in place to ensure they are adequately protecting apprentices and others.
Apprenticeship attendance grants
Apply here for advanced payment of apprenticeship attendance grants for 2nd and 3rd year apprentices plus higher apprentices in their final year to help ensure future skills are retained in the construction industry amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Apprentice achievement grants
We are aware that due to the current situation there is a delay in Apprenticeship completion certificates being issued by centres. As a result of this, we are currently accepting email confirmation of achievement from the awarding body, in lieu of the certificate, when applying for Apprenticeship achievement grant.
ESFA – guidance for apprentices and employers
CITB has worked with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to discuss funding rules on breaks in learning for apprentices. ESFA have issued guidance for apprentices, employers and training providers, you can read the guidance here.
Online learning tools
Online learning tools (functional, core and essential skills videos with Welsh language versions) have also been made available to help apprentices continue their studies from home. These videos are available to all apprentices, not just CITB’s. Information on how to register and access the videos can be found. On self-registration, just pick a letter (surname) and number of your choice.
A dedicated e-mail helpline for all apprentices and their employers providing advice and signposting during COVID-19 has been set-up by CITB. Please e-mail us at Apprenticeships.COVID19@citb.co.uk for assistance.
Apprentice reviews and engagement
CITB has taken the decision to base all staff at home wherever possible. As a result, apprentice reviews and engagement with your apprentices and colleagues will be carried out via phone or Skype . We would appreciate your support with this as we work to keep our staff, and yours, safe.
Your Apprenticeship Officer will continue to be your point of contact and will provide ongoing support to you and your apprentices.
A letter was issued to all apprentices via email on 19 March, advising them that their Apprenticeship Officer will be in touch and in the meantime to follow NHS and UK Government guidance
We will contact you with more information as the situation develops.
CITB urges all employers not to dismiss any apprentices without first speaking to our Apprenticeship team (email: Apprenticeships.COVID19@citb.co.uk)
Last updated: 21 May 2020