It is specific to apprenticeships – an employment contract for standard workers is not enough for an apprentice. An apprenticeship contract will provide details on the terms of employment, working conditions and the apprenticeship program itself. Both the employer and the apprentice receive a copy of the retaining agreement. The agreement is one of two documents that all interns must sign before the program begins. The other required document is called the Declaration of Learning Commitment, which is an agreement between the apprentice, the employer and the training provider. Both documents are usually signed during learning. Explanation – I confirm that I am an authorized employee of the company and I agree to pay the detailed fees. I understand the conditions under which payment is made. In good conscience, all the information in this form is true. I am satisfied that the apprenticeship program chosen is the most appropriate for the apprentice. Because apprentices who work under an apprenticeship contract work under an employment contract with their employer, they are entitled to a salary under national minimum wage schemes. This may be either a written statement of employment data or a written document in the form of an employment contract or letter of commitment. For all new apprentices starting their training, an apprenticeship contract is required at the beginning of the apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship contract must also include a statement on the skills, occupation or profession for which the apprentice is trained in the apprenticeship. The Learning, Skills, Childhood and Learning Act 2009 aims to address this situation by introducing the concept of a “learning contract.” An apprenticeship contract is a “service contract” (as opposed to a “training contract” in which the apprentice agrees, as part of the agreement, to work for the employer, in a prescribed form, as stipulated in the apprenticeship agreement (form of the apprenticeship contract) 2012. Traditionally, apprenticeship contracts were a heavier burden on the employer than a regular employment contract, as the primary purpose of apprenticeship was considered to be an offer of training for the individual, as the exercise of work was a secondary consideration for the employer.