If you’re an apprentice who has been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy, finding the right support is essential to getting back on track with your employment.

If you have been made redundant from your apprenticeship, it is essential to contact your training provider as soon as possible. The Education and Skills Funding Agency are working with training providers to help apprentices that have been made redundant find an alternative employer. This ensures all apprentices have the opportunity to continue with both their apprenticeship and end-point assessment.

Due to the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has placed on the economy, the rate of redundancy in the UK has increased. This may be because of a business closure or the necessary reduction of the workforce.

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

The government runs a Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices to provide apprentices that have been made redundant with the advice, support and resources they need to get through this challenging time. This new service, launched in August 2020, has been developed to support apprentices that have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The priority of the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices is to provide you with the help you need to get back on track to completing your apprenticeship and end-point assessment. The aim is to find all apprentices alternative employment within 12 weeks of their redundancy.

Visit the government website to find out how to get in contact with their dedicated advisors and begin planning your next steps.

The Vacancy Sharing Service

The Vacancy Sharing Service helps employers connect with apprentices that have been made redundant but are keen to complete their apprenticeship. If you have been made redundant, you are encouraged to register with the Vacancy Sharing Service as a way of being notified when an employer has listed an opportunity in your local area.

Register to the Vacancy Sharing Service now to receive regular updates of employer availability.

Financial Support

Losing your source of income can be a worrying experience. If you require financial assistance because of your redundancy, there are several government schemes to help you.

Depending on your personal situation, you may be eligible for Universal Credit. Universal Credit is a monthly payment that helps people cover their living costs. To find out if you’re eligible, and how to apply, visit the government website.

If you need assistance with managing your money or budgeting, contact Citizens Advice.

Alternative employment

Being made redundant can cause a knock to your confidence. You may feel that your skills, abilities and qualities weren’t good enough. But in reality, redundancies are a standard part of the working world, and you should not feel ashamed for facing redundancy from your apprenticeship.

It’s important to discuss your next steps with your training provider or a dedicated advisor from the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices. If you have decided you are no longer happy with your apprenticeship and are keen to look for a different apprenticeship or alternative form of employment, then there are many options for you to consider.

To explore the opportunities available to you, visit our dedicated pages on types of apprenticeships, how to apply, and career paths.