Helping you guide your child down the right career path
Understanding all the facts regarding the various career options for your child is key to enabling you as a parent to provide the right support. In this article, we will provide you with all the important facts regarding apprenticeships to ensure that you really understand how your child can enrol onto an apprenticeship programme and how they will benefit from being on the apprenticeship route.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships offer the opportunity for learners to gain a nationally, and ever more increasingly internationally recognised level of training. The training that an apprentice receives will be practical, employment related, and include on and off the job aspects.
Apprentices work alongside experienced staff whilst at the same time earning a salary.
Are apprentices entitled to holiday pay?
Yes. Apprentices are entitled to the same conditions as other employees that are not on an apprenticeship. Apprentices are entitled to not only holiday pay, but they are also entitled to sickness pay and any specific benefits that their employer offers to their workforce in general. These benefits vary according to the employer.
How many hours a week does an apprentice work?
A full-time apprenticeship involves on average a 35-hour working week depending on the particular employer. Many special protections from the government regulations for young workers under 18 will apply to apprentices, for example
- Apprentices are not allowed to work more than 40 hours per week
- Must not exceed 8 hours a day
- Must give you at least 12 hours off between shifts
- At least 24 hours clear from working each week