Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes
  • Contract of apprenticeship
  • Modern apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeship agreements—ASCLA 2009
  • Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship agreements (old scheme)
  • Completing an English apprenticeship (standard route)
  • Recognised English framework
  • The apprenticeship agreement
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Department for Education (DfE) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have published guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and external quality assurance providers about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) has also published guidance which is being regularly updated. For further information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes below, and LNB News 24/03/2020 51, LNB News 15/04/2020 13, LNB News 30/04/2020 101 and LNB News 03/06/2020 74.

According to the government guidance: 'Plan for Jobs' skills and employment programmes: information for employers, apprenticeships form part of a range of government programmes that are available for employers who are considering hiring employees or offering work experience. Another such programme is the Kickstart Scheme. For information:

  1. on the Kickstart Scheme, see Practice Note: Kickstart Scheme

  2. on the other skills and employment programmes that are available, see the government guidance: 'Plan for Jobs' skills and employment programmes: information for employers

A traditional contract of apprenticeship is a contract under which the apprentice is bound to the employer in order to learn a trade, and the employer agrees to teach and instruct them. The essential feature of an apprenticeship is that the apprentice contracts to be taught a trade or calling.

For further information, see Contract of apprenticeship, below.

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