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Supporting apprentices after a break in learning

For many apprentices, returning to apprenticeship training after a break in learning could be challenging. They might worry that they’ve forgotten what they’ve learnt, or that they’ll struggle to fit in the training alongside their day-to-day work. Read on to discover some tried and tested tips to help your apprentices feel supported and motivated.

A practical guide to supporting your apprentices

Following a break in learning, you should work closely with your training provider to consider each apprentice’s circumstances before they return to their training.

The East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador Network have produced an employer guide packed full of tips for supporting apprentices after a break in learning, including:

  • practical advice for communicating changes
  • tips for supporting apprentices’ mental health and wellbeing
  • case studies on other employers adapting their ways of working (you’ll find an example below)

Download your employer guide


Download our PDF resource for more information.


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Re-integrating apprentices after a break in learning

“We have arranged ‘Toolbox Talks’ which are bite-size induction/reintegration sessions for our apprentices. Some have been delivered online and some face to face, socially distanced of course. These have helped our apprentices to understand the new ways of working, how the workplace has changed and what’s expected, in terms of their own Health and Safety and that of their colleagues and our customers.”

Matt O’Conner, John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance