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What are the employer’s responsibilities when offering apprenticeships?

An apprentice is a regular full-time employee and all employment law, health and safety regulations and your normal workplace operating policies and procedures apply.

When offering apprenticeships, employers have a number of responsibilities to fulfil, including:

  • Providing a safe and suitable workplace for the apprentice
  • Ensuring the apprentice receives the training and support required to achieve their apprenticeship
  • Paying the apprentice a wage in line with national minimum wage requirements
  • Providing the apprentice with a contract of employment
  • Allowing the apprentice to attend training sessions or off-the-job training as required by their apprenticeship
  • Giving the apprentice time to complete their apprenticeship, without interfering with their learning and development
  • Ensuring that the apprentice is treated fairly and not discriminated against based on their gender, age, race, or any other protected characteristic
  • Providing regular feedback and reviews to the apprentice, to help them develop their skills and knowledge.

By fulfilling these responsibilities, employers can create a positive and supportive environment for their apprentices, which helps them to succeed and contribute to the growth and success of the business.

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