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What to do if your apprenticeship is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or your employer has to close, here is some information to be aware of


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Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions you may not be able to complete your apprenticeship at the moment. Here are some things you should be aware of.

What to do if your apprenticeship is affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Keep in touch with your employer for any updates on your apprenticeship. In the meantime, here are some things to know:

What should I do if I am sick or need to self-isolate during my apprenticeship?

If you are getting an off-the-job training allowance and you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or medically required to self-isolate, you can continue to get your allowance. You need to contact your local ETB Training Centre and let them know so that your payment can continue

If you are not getting an allowance and you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or medically required to self-isolate, you can apply for Illness Benefit

What should I do if my employer has had to close their business?

If your employer has had to close due to current COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland this is known as a temporary lay-off. It means you can apply for the Pandemic Unemployment payment. Find out how to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment here.

Who should I contact if I need more information?

For more information on how your apprenticeship is affected you can contact your local ETB centre or find up to date information online here from SOLAS.

Tips to keep in mind in the coming weeks

With the uncertainty over the next few weeks as to when the COVD-19 restrictions will be changed or lifted here are some tips that to keep in mind that might help:

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the current pandemic?

This situation is completely new to everyone involved and it is normal to feel worried or anxious about what is going on. Following the Government’s instructions on how to stay safe and help slow the spread of the virus, can help to make you feel more in control.

If you feel overwhelmed by the current situation and need someone to talk to, our anonymous, 24 hour text line is always open. You're worth talking about and we're here to listen and support you.

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Published April 8th2020
Last updated August 11th2020
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