What are apprentices entitled to?
"The thing I like about my Apprenticeship is that what I learn at college I take to work the next day and I apply it and it just clicks." – IT apprentice
This information is designed for use by apprentices. If you are a union rep, see our Information and resources for union reps.
As an apprentice, you are entitled to:
- A written contract of employment.
- A full induction in the workplace.
- A negotiated training plan or contract between yourself, the employer and the training provider.
- A safe working environment and protection from discrimination or bullying.
- Release from work to attend formal training.
- Provision of an appropriate range of work experiences to enable you to complete your qualifications.
- Access to support, guidance and mentoring.
- Quality training.
- Regular assessments and review of progress.
- Sufficient time away from work station or desk to study in work time.
- A chance to learn while you earn – to get real work experience.
- An opportunity to get nationally recognised qualifications.
- Access to progression routes to higher education.
- The possibility of long-term employment with promotion prospects.
- A chance to learn from experienced workers in the sector.
"It's a great opportunity to build up skills you didn’t think you had." – Business Administration apprentice