Don’t let COVID-19 stop your workforce developing and training!

Your furloughed staff can continue to complete their apprenticeship programme and you can enrol furloughed staff on an apprenticeship

You may be required to top up the wages of furloughed staff whilst training, an example of this below...

The apprentice is in the first year of their apprenticeship and paid £4.15 per hour by employer.

​If they are then furloughed at 80% through the Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme and there is not employer top-up of their wages they will be getting £3.32 per hour.

​If the apprentices undertakes 6 hours training a week (20% off-the-job training) the top up recovered will be 6 hours multiplied by the 0.83p shortfall. So the total would be £4.98 per week top-up required to be paid by their employer.

Employer incentives to recruit an apprentice from August to March 2021

  • £3,000 for 16-18 year olds
  • £2,000 for 19-24 years olds
  • £1,500 for 25+

​The jobs need to be ‘new jobs’ and cannot be used for existing employees.

Traineeships – you will receive £1,000 to take on young person on a traineeship programme and provide a work experience placement

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets the young person ready for work or an apprenticeship. As an employer you will just need to provide a meaningful work experience placement and CSL will take care of the rest. The programme can last between 12 and 24 weeks and the main focus of the programme is the employability skills learnt whilst the young person is on placement with yourselves. Alongside this we will deliver functional skills in both maths and English for all learners who require it and you will have a range of Level 1 and 2 technical qualifications we can deliver to the young person beneficial to you the employer. Some examples of technical qualifications we can offer below:

  • Level 1 Award for Activators (Multi Skills)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Coaching (Sport & Physical Activity)
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • Level 2 in Teaching Swimming

If you would like more information on Traineeships and how they can benefit your organisation please email

​Our apprenticeship and workforce development offer can all be delivered remotely and using our online learning technology