This information is designed for use by apprentices. If you are a union rep, see our Information and resources for union reps.
Apprenticeships provide the chance to 'earn and learn' in a wide range of jobs and sectors and give you the chance to develop skills, experience and qualifications.
Apprenticeships are made up of four compulsory elements.
Two examples are a written contract of employment and a full induction in the workplace.
All apprentices have employed status and are covered by the terms and conditions contained in their contract of employment and any relevant employment legislation.
The amount paid to employed apprentices, as for all employees, is negotiated with the employer.
Unions negotiate fair pay and equal treatment in the workplace. Unions also tackle discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.