The NAS looks into claims that apprentices are working too many hours

UnionLearn found that apprentices are working over their contracted hours

UnionLearn found that apprentices are working over their contracted hours

Following reports from UnionLearn that apprentices are working more hours than they should be, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has launched an investigation.

Reports from UnionLearn found that this was taking place in apprenticeships with a 30 hour contract.

Tom Wilson, director of UnionLearn, said: “It is essential that apprentices are protected and valued. Apprenticeships are a vital way to ensure that people are learning the skills needed for the UK economy and that they are receiving quality training that will lead to them being highly employable.

“Pay is an essential component of valuing our apprentices. If they are not receiving at least the minimum they are owed, the whole concept of apprenticeships is devalued. Given the importance the government has placed on increasing apprenticeships, we know that protecting their ‘brand’ is essential.”