Mum forced to make her daughter redundant as furlough scheme comes to an end

Mum forced to make her daughter redundant as furlough scheme comes to an end

 

A mum has made her own daughter redundant after the coronavirus pandemic ravaged her business.

Alison Platt explained to Rena that there was no more work for her as an apprentice at Mother’s Little Helper.

The 49-year-old will be unable to pay her daughter’s wages when the Government’s furlough scheme comes to an end on October 31.

Rena, 19, is now struggling to find herself another job.

Alison, from Abergavenny, South Wales, said: “For a mum to tell a child ‘I’m sorry, this wonderful dream we had isn’t actually going to work out’ is really disappointing.

“I wonder how could you do that to your daughter but when the money is not there, you can’t afford to pay.”

Rena, who was working towards her level two childcare qualification, is one of nearly 700,000 people in the UK who lost their roles between March and August.

She has been applying for other positions since receiving the bad news, but has had no luck.

At first Rena was furloughed in April when the pandemic started really affecting the business.

She said: “I knew it was going to come eventually because of what coronavirus was doing and things were slowly starting to shut down.

“When I found out I kind of accepted it. The business closed permanently in July and I went onto Universal Credit.”

Welsh Government numbers show the number of apprentices made redundant has almost doubled in a month – from 50 to 95.

National Training Federation for Wales director Jeff Protheroe has said that nearly 3,000 apprentices remain on furlough.

He said: “The worry is about what is coming down the line.

“Unless there is a relaxation or concession in certain industries, particularly things like retail and tourism.

“We are looking at seeing more redundancies, including more apprentices being made redundant.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said it was on target to reach its goal of creating 100,000 apprenticeships this government term.

A spokesman added: “Our recent £40m jobs and skills announcement will also be crucial in incentivising employers to recruit and retain up to 5,000 apprentices.

“While this pandemic is a challenge for everyone, we continue to work closely with our partners to achieve our ambitions.”

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