Apprentice’s Employment Conditions – What you need to know.
There are certain requirements of an Apprenticeship and therefore the Apprentice:
- Must have a Contract of Employment
- Must work for at least 30 hours per week
- Must not be treated differently from the rest of the workforce and should receive the conditions which might include:
o Benefits such as Childcare voucher schemes
o Support offered in terms of coaching /mentoring
o Inclusion in bonus and rewards schemes
o Having the right to join a Union
- Apprentices, like the rest of the workforce, are covered by the European Working Hours Directive, therefore:
o If they are aged under 18 they cannot work more than 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day
o If aged 18 and over they cannot work more than 48 hours per week when averaged out over a 17-week period
o If aged 18 and over they can choose to opt-out. They cannot be forced to do so and they can opt in at any time.
- Apprentices must have a work place mentor/supervisor; however levels of supervision are related to the age of the apprentice.
- An Apprentice will complete an Apprenticeship Framework. A framework covers all the statutory requirements for the Apprenticeship Programme and is used by training providers to ensure consistency of delivery to National Standards.
A Framework includes all the following:
- The framework will be tailored to meet the needs of the company and the training provider will make regular visits to the workplace. These visits will involve both the employer and the apprentice.
- Health and Safety is important and an assessment of the workplace will be undertaken before the training starts. The apprentice will receive Health and Safety training as part of their programme.
- The training may be delivered off site in a training providers premises or may be delivered on the job in the workplace (by the training provider.)
- Some apprentices must be auto-enrolled onto the Workplace Pension Scheme by virtue of their age; however an apprentice of any age is entitled to request to be included.
- There are some national Government grants available to support employers however these are subject to availability and eligibility. In geographical areas where funding has been devolved to a local level additional grants may be available; these too would be subject to availability and eligibility.