Degree Apprenticeships programmes started at Kingston University in 2017. Kingston University's strong focus on teaching excellence and industry focused learning prepare apprentices to develop the professional competences for enhanced employability and progression. The number of our apprenticeship programmes have been steadily increasing year on year and we are committed to developing more programmes in line with workforce needs in the country within different sectors.
The UK government's Department for Education has launched a new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have been, or who are at risk of being, made redundant during the Covid-19 outbreak. The service has three key elements: advice and guidance, signposting to additional support and a vacancy sharing service.
The service includes access to a dedicated telephone helpline offering apprentices free advice. Apprentices can search new employment opportunities and access local and national services offering financial, health and wellbeing, legal and careers support.
The vacancy sharing service allows employers to register opportunities that might be suitable for apprentices who are out of work.
During this challenging time, we are offering support to our apprentices and sponsoring employers to ensure that, wherever possible, current apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeship, despite any break they have to take as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Below you will find some FAQs for both apprentices and apprentice employers to help answer some of the questions or concerns you may have.
Please get in touch with the University's apprenticeship team if you are at risk of redundancy or have been made redundant. Depending on your circumstances, your apprenticeship training may be able to continue. The University will make every effort to find a suitable alternative employer for you.
Telephone: 020 8417 5492
Please also note the newly revised Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funding rules (published on Thursday 30 July 2020). This guidance sets out the provision for apprentices who are made redundant so that wherever possible, they can continue their apprenticeship and proceed to End Point Assessment (EPA).
|Apprentice circumstances||ESFA Funding support|
|Apprentice is within six months of the final day of training||
ESFA will fund 100% of the remaining costs of the price negotiated between the provider and the previous employer, up to the funding band maximum.
Within this six month period:
|Apprentice is between six months and 12 months of the final day of training||
ESFA will fund the remaining costs of the price negotiated between the provider and the previous employer, for a maximum of 12 weeks.
Within this 12 week period:
|Apprentice is more than 12 months away from the final day of training||
ESFA will fund the remaining costs of the price negotiated between the provider and the previous employer for a maximum of 12 weeks.
Within this 12 week period:
We are working closely with the End-Point-Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) in search for greater flexibility for apprentices wherever possible; e.g. conducting assessment remotely, practical schedule of EPA etc.
In the meantime, apprentices can still continue with preparations for meeting gateway requirements and get confirmation on readiness to take EPA from your line manager/ workplace mentor/ employer. It is important to note that the ESFA would consider awarding the apprenticeship without the EPA at the current time.
What opportunities are there to continue with my apprenticeship? Some employers are hiring apprentices who have made redundant during this pandemic. Where this is possible, you are able to continue to earn while learning valuable skills. If you have been made redundant, or believe you are at risk of being made redundant in the future, you can use new Vacancy Sharing Service which is part of the new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.
Tri-partite progress reviews are already being delivered using a blend of face-to-face and virtual meetings. These meetings will be held virtually for some time, although our campus is open with measures in place to ensure everyone's safety. Your Personal Tutor will contact you to organise your progress review meeting.
Your learning will be enhanced with a digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston University. You will continue to get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the University's support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services.
We want to ensure that you have a supportive, inclusive and high-quality learning experience that Kingston is proud to deliver and we are putting a number of measures in place to provide you with this. The whole University is focused on making sure you receive an excellent education and a fulfilling experience.
For the latest information and guidance for academic year 2020/21; including arrangements for September 2020 visit our web page. Please check this page regularly for updates.
You may also find the useful links and resources listed on our website helpful in answering any questions or concerns you may have. You can also get in touch with us on:
Course brochure available to download.
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Changes to your apprenticeship (to find out what you need to do if you're caring for someone, taking time off sick, made redundant, or working from home).
Apprenticeship Vacancy Service (to find an employer to continue with your apprenticeship).