The apprentice spends a minimum of 30 working hours for the employer; this also includes their studying hours. An apprentice has the same rights as a normal employee. The recruitment process is also similar, and the difference is that they will be studying towards a certain qualification and learning on the job.
Apprentices must spend 20% of their time on studying. This depends on what else they may be studying for – e.g. training in English & Maths.
It is for the employer and the training provider to decide how the study is provided, but it must be relevant to the apprenticeship standard.
An apprenticeship standard includes:
- A knowledge-based qualification – this develops the learner’s understanding.
- A competence -based qualification – this is the level/ diploma they are working towards.
- Functional skills in English Maths &, ICT (depends on the framework)
- Transferable skills – communication, numeracy and information technology, employment rights and responsibilities, and skills such as team working and reflective learning.