Employers must give their apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. Employers are responsible for paying their apprentice’s wages and issuing their contract of employment.
By employing an apprentice, employers have certain requirements to meet:
- An Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice must be in place.
- You must give your apprentice a contract of employment which is at least long enough to allow them to complete their apprenticeship successfully.
- The apprentice must receive the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage. Apprentices aged 16-18, or in the first year of their apprenticeship, must be paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age i.e. £5.60 per hour for apprentices aged 18-20, and £7.05 for those 21 and over. Many businesses pay more to attract the best candidates.
- The minimum hours of employment for an apprentice should be at least 30 hours per week. By exception, where the individual’s circumstances or the particular nature of employment in a given sector makes this impossible, then an absolute minimum of 16 hours must be met. In such cases the duration of the apprenticeship should be extended.
- All apprentices must receive the same benefits as other employees.