The term “apprentice” is often misused

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As employment lawyers we often hear the term “apprentice” used by clients employers and employees alike to mean many different things like trainee or a more junior member of staff. A true apprentice means something different to an employment lawyer. Apprentices are a unique type of worker whose dismissal needs to be handled with additional care.

The Government has issued a consultation (due to close soon on 19th August 2015) on making it an offence to prohibit the use of the term “apprentice” or “apprenticeship” in relation to any course or training unless it is in relation to a government funded apprenticeship. The offence is aimed at training providers and non-compliance will lead to a fine. The proposed measures would not prevent employers using the word “apprenticeship” to describe their own training, or offering contracts of apprenticeship.

17th August 2015