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Apprenticeship agreements – use them!

Posted on: May 16th, 2019 by Ginny Hallam

Apprenticeships are on the increase. Although the apprenticeship levy is relatively recent concept, apprenticeships have been around for years – along with laws that govern how apprentices are treated.

Without the right agreement in place, you could find yourself tied up in old, inflexible, costly laws and stuck with a poor performing apprentice until they qualify.

Here’s how you create an apprenticeship agreement which is subject to the employment laws you’re used to:

• Ensure your agreement contains all of the usual legally required employment information. Include a statement of the skill or job they’re being training to do, that the relationship is governed by English and Welsh laws and has been entered in connection with a qualifying apprenticeship framework.

• It’s always worth including a probationary period to make clear that early employment will be subject to a shorter notice period if things don’t work out.

• If you’re able, set out college hours so it’s very clear what time can be spent away from work.

• Set out expectations in respect of exam passes and how quickly you consider qualifications should be achieved. Explain the consequences if they don’t meet these expectations.

• If you’re a levy paying employer, don’t ask for a contribution towards training costs from the apprentice or a repayment of training costs if they leave – it’s unlawful to do so.

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your apprenticeship agreements with us in more detail.