I’ve been asked a question about a BinL for an apprentice going on annual leave for 4 weeks. I’ve used the flow chart in the Funding Rules, and read the guidance a few times and my thinking is no – as:
– It is up to 4 weeks in length
– It is annual leave
Is this how other people interpret this? I’m worried I’m being a little harsh!
Is your interpretation of P250.1 correct as I interpret the (up to 4 weeks) applies to annual leave, public holidays and short-term absence?
The flow chart indicates that where the break is over 4 weeks irrespective of the reason and this is agreed by both apprentice and employer and there is an intention to return then a break in learning would apply.
We’re an Employer Provider so I’m looking at EP249.1 (which is worded the same). I thought the “up to 4 weeks” applied to short term absences. I assumed that as annual leave is worked into the programme anyway as part of the OTJ calculations. It’s the flow chart that has made me thing that annual leave of over 4 weeks is allowed. This is our first instance of this, so fortunately we haven’t had an opportunity to do this wrong yet. I just want to make sure we do this right.
The primary reason for a BIL is to pause drawing down funding where learning is not taking place and maintain the original duration of the Apprenticeship, a break of up to 4 weeks is allowed as this relates to a single funding period but longer than this would require a BIL or withdrawal depending on the circumstances.