What rights do apprentices have?

Apprentices are technically both student and employee, and so it is often difficult to define exactly what rights they have within your company. So what exactly are they entitled to? Here’s some basic information to bear in mind:

Is an apprentice an employee? Most do have employed status, which means they have the same rights as your other full time employees. The apprentice will need to be allowed the allocated time off to undergo their training, however.

Do I have to pay an apprentice? Yes, you do.  The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £2.65 per hour, rising to £2.68 from October. This applies to all apprentices aged under 19 and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

Are apprentices entitled to holiday? Yes, just like a normal employee.

Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk for more information.