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Lifeline for Engineering Apprentices To Help Economic Recovery

Rebekah Valero-Lee covid-19

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Engineering apprentices have been thrown a lifeline, as new protocols for carrying out vital End-Point Assessments remotely allow apprentices to achieve required benchmarks during Covid-19.


British businesses are being urged by industry leaders and unions to adopt newly developed techniques to ensure that thousands of young engineering apprentices can still qualify during the Covid-19 crisis.

EAL is one of the country's leading awarding organisations for engineering and manufacturing and they have developed new protocols for carrying out End-Point Assessments remotely. This adaptation to learning would allow apprentices to achieve required benchmarks in the learning process, become qualified and be ready to help the nation’s economic recovery.

The breakthrough ensures that even apprentices being furloughed could move to the next level, enhance their earnings and boost their career prospects.


Andrew Robinson, operations and apprenticeship manager at Morson's dedicated training division. Morson Training, said:

Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Morson Group and are key to securing a sustainable talent pipeline for all future projects.

In these difficult times, working with the excellent team at EAL and using technology to find agile solutions to the End-Point Assessment process, has allowed us to ensure our apprentices have completed their learning journey and received the qualifications they have worked hard for.


The remote End-Point Assessments, began on 13 March 2020 and are carried out by a strong team of 47 specially trained assessors – in aspects of engineering including automotive, rail, aerospace, manufacturing, project management, maintenance, automation and control, tool making and machining, fabrication & welding and engineering specialisms such as metrology and product design.


Keep Britain Working

Engineering and manufacturing will be in the front-line of recovery – and apprenticeships and training will play an essential part. This adaptation shows the importance of innovation to find new ways of working to boost the economy.

To progress the economic fightback further, Morson has joined forces with REED as the strategic northern partner in its ‘Keep Britain Working’ campaign. Keep Britain Working sees business leaders and politicians from across the UK come together to protect jobs and preserve livelihoods. Through the campaign we will help redeploy workers from struggling sectors to in-demand ones, help people who have lost their jobs find new ones, share and implement the best ideas to help the country keep working and get people back into work.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has predicted the UK economy could shrink by 35 per cent, resulting in a total of 3.4 million people becoming unemployed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This would mean 2 million people losing their jobs this spring. 

As such, we're encouraging businesses and workers to make pledges to #KeepBritainWorking both during the crisis and beyond it. also features ideas, advice and resources to support companies and their workers through this difficult time, giving guidance on a variety of topics, and will connect businesses with a growing demand for workers with those considering furlough, redundancies or reduced hours.

Ged Mason, Morson Group CEO said:

We’re all in this together, and as we digest the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown and embark on this new chapter of normality, we are committed to sharing best practice and supporting people and organisations to ensure the safety of our workers, protect jobs, preserve livelihoods and rebuild businesses.

Find out more about the campaign and pledge your support here