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The ESFA has seen sense and introduced a within 30 day break rule for when an apprentice is in between jobs.
You can see this is para P264 of version 2 of the rules
“An apprentice has to be employed continuously for the duration of the apprenticeship. If their employment is terminated, the individual cannot continue with their apprenticeship (with the exception of redundancy) where the break has been longer than 30 days. When employment or an apprenticeship agreement has ended (resignation, dismissal or any other action by the apprentice or the employer that results in the apprenticeship agreement ending) and new employment hasn’t commenced within 30 days, you must notify us that the apprentice has left in line with P285. Where a new employer is found and employment starts within 30 days, you must manage this using a break in learning to ensure funds are not paid when the apprentice is not employed.”