Apprentices’ rights at work

Most employers recognise apprentices as a valuable part of their workforce. As such, apprentices enjoy the same rights as any other regular worker.

Although you will still be learning how to do the job, you are an employee. There are laws that ensure that apprentices get at least the minimum wage, have decent conditions and are treated with fairness and respect at work.

As an apprentice, you can expect:

  • A minimum wage with paid holidays
  • Sufficient time set aside to learn new skills
  • A full health and safety induction
  • Support to deal with any problems that arise

Interactive guide

We have developed this interactive guide, including sections on:

  • What should I expect?
  • How do I spot quality apprenticeships?
  • What should my contract cover?
  • How do I make a good impression?
  • How do I get the most out of my apprenticeship?
  • Why join a union?
  • What next?

Know where you stand

The vast majority of apprentices find their placement to be a fruitful and positive learning experience. However, it is always important to know where you stand. Read on to find out more about your rights as an apprentice.

Some employers offer better apprenticeships than others and the information here may help you decide which one is best for you. You can also check out our rate your apprenticeship tool. Knowing what to expect from your apprenticeship will help you make the most of it.