The UK Government announced that education establishments would close on Friday 20 March and that public exams will not be held this summer. This follows the earlier guidance to businesses to adopt a ‘work from home’ policy for staff. Speaking directly to some customers we know that many of you are trying to remain open in order to support your apprentices to finish their programmes and progress into further study or employment.
There will no doubt be many questions from you, your learners and your customers over the coming days and weeks. We probably will not have all the answers to hand now but we would like to reassure you that we are working through the details and collaborating closely with the Department for Education, Ofqual, IFATE and other stakeholders including the other AOs, JCQ and FAB to make recommendations and develop solutions that will support you, your learners and employees to complete and achieve qualifications. These include funding flexibilities, exploring alternate ways for EPA delivery and delaying EQA audits. We will share more details with you as these become available.
We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to best support you and your learners at this time. We will be posting regular updates here and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our WBL centre support team on 0344 576 0045 or at email@example.com.
Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeships