The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA), launched by the Department for Education, provides clear, accessible advice and guidance to apprentices following redundancy, while supporting their next steps. It helps redundant apprentices to identify new apprenticeship and employment opportunities, and – where they are eligible – complete their current apprenticeship.
The Department for Education is asking businesses to support redundant apprentices by sharing details of any apprenticeship vacancies they have. Apprentices that have been made redundant may already have the valuable skills and experience organisations need. They are eager to continue their apprenticeship, put their learning into practice and can give organisations a quick return on investment.
The service will share vacancies with redundant apprentices through the new vacancy sharing service. Suitable candidates will receive regular emails asking them to contact businesses directly using the details supplied.
Businesses interested in recruiting a redundant apprentice or offering new apprenticeship opportunities should visit ‘Hiring an apprentice who has been made redundant’, or call 0800 015 0600 to find out more. More information is available in this YouTube video.
If any businesses are aware of apprentices that have been made redundant, they should encourage them to visit ‘Facing redundancy during your apprenticeship’, or call 0800 015 0400 to speak to an adviser.