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:
- Keep in contact with your employer for any updates or changes to their business that may affect your apprenticeship
- Check in with your local ETB centre over the phone or on their website for any changes to off-the-job training that may be scheduled in the coming weeks
- Look after yourself and your wellbeing during your time off work. There are plenty of ways we can stay in contact with others and exercise while at home
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.
- Get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service
- Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better
- Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 to begin
- Find out more about our text message support service
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.