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Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA)

Apprentices that have been made redundant without completing their apprenticeships and those at risk of redundancy can now access support from the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA).

We are advising young people firstly to contact their training provider if they have been made redundant because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Education and Skills Funding Agency are working with training providers to help apprentices find other employers and continue with their:

  • apprenticeships
  • end-point assessment


The Government are also aiming to help find an alternative employment within 12 weeks. The training provider may also still help the young person to complete their apprenticeship training, this will form part of the learning agreement the young person signed at the beginning of their apprenticeship.

We are also advising young people via social media and one to one contact to work with us and Contact the National Careers Service for information to help them make decisions on learning, training and work .

Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices aims to support apprentices who have been made redundant or who feel they are at risk of redundancy. If they need help they can call 08000 150 400 to speak to a dedicated advisor and start planning their next steps. They can share lots of useful information and help them access local and national services who provide financial, legal, health and wellbeing support, and help you find a new job. 

It’s important the young person registers with the vacancy sharing service to find employers who are interested in hiring apprentices. Once they’ve signed up, they will  share regular updates and let them know which employers have job opportunities available in their area, we will also share opportunities through our Thurrock Careers Opportunity Bulletin.

Employers recognise that apprentices have experience and knowledge to help fill skills gaps and improve productivity as many job sectors have been affected by the pandemic.  The National Apprenticeship Service are encouraging employers who are recruiting to use the vacancy sharing service.

Financial support

The young person may be eligible to get Universal Credit or other benefits depending on their personal situation. We also sign post young people to the Money Advice Service, National Debt Line or Citizens Advice for budgeting and money advice. 

We realise this is a very stressful time for young people and here at Thurrock Careers we continue to endeavour to support our young people.