Apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees and can continue to train whilst on furlough. Employers must pay their Apprentices at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage/National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage as appropriate for all the time they spend training.
For the extended scheme from 1 November, we appreciate that a minority of employees may have seen an increase in earnings over the COVID period but others have not. To be fair to all claimants, the default reference pay period for those employees in continuous employment has remained as that of the pre-COVID period.
This means that for the greatest number of employees and employers, it is not necessary to recalculate the basis of the claim. This means individuals can sustain 80% of their pre-COVID income, up to a maximum grant of £2,500 per month.
The pre-COVID pay reference period is used for all individuals who were employed then. To move away from a pre-COVID reference period would complicate the scheme, increase the burden on employers and could be seen as unfair to the majority of employees who were in a better position before COVID.
We understand this has been a very difficult time for many and people will feel it is unfair if they are not eligible for the CJRS. Further information about additional support available can be found at:
Work and financial support
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