An apprenticeship is a job with training. So even if you can’t go to university or college, but can travel to work, then you’ll be paid in line with the details of your employment contract.
When you’re unable to work, we suggest speaking to your employer about their policies on pay. The government is providing a support to employers to help them retain and pay wages of employees including apprentices during the coming months. This is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
If your employer intends to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, they’ll discuss with you being classified as a furloughed worker. This would mean that you are kept on your employer’s payroll, rather than being laid off.
To qualify for this scheme, you should not undertake work for them while you are furloughed. This will allow your employer to claim a grant of up to 80% of your wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
You’ll remain employed while furloughed. Your employer could choose to fund the difference between this payment and your salary, but they don’t have to.
Get your furlough agreement in writing. It should state the date when furlough starts, when it will be reviewed and how you’ll keep in contact with your employer.
If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you might be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.