The expectations of an apprentice's employer
When agreeing to take apprentices an employer is agreeing to abide by the following commitments.
- Work with the Training Provider to identify the most suitable apprenticeship standard.
- Directly employ (PAYE) the apprentice and issue a contract of employment/statement of written employment, with the employment to commence.
- Employ the apprentice for at least the duration required to complete the apprenticeship.
- Arrange contracted hours for apprentices working less than 30 hours or shift patterns, to allow for sufficient, regular training.
- Pay the apprentice at least in accordance with the National Minimum Wage and issue payslips.
- Provide the apprentice with an appropriate workplace induction.
- Provide the apprentice with the on-the-job (workplace) training, mentoring, and support required to achieve the milestones set out in this Training Plan.
- Provide the apprentice with an average of 6 hours per week off-the-job training (workplace shadowing, mentoring, industry visits etc.) required to achieve the milestones set out in this Training Plan.
- Provide the apprentice with any personal protective clothing and safety equipment required for the apprentice to carry out their day-to-day work.
- Work collaboratively with the apprentice and the Training Provider, including coordination of on and off-the-job training and preparation for/participation in and contribution to reviews of the apprentice’s progress.
- Agree, with the apprentice and the Training Provider, when learning is complete, and the apprentice is ready to undertake the end-point assessment.
- Seek to resolve any complaints brought by the apprentice / Training Provider.
- Negotiate a price with the Training Provider, considering the apprentice’s prior learning and understanding any obligations in relation to co-investment.
- Choose an appropriate end-point assessment organisation (at least 6 months prior to the end of the programme).
- Promptly inform the Training Provider via the allocated Training Specialist if any matters or issues arise or could arise that will or may affect the apprentice's learning, development, and progression.
- Ensure conformity with the Training Provider’s Equality and Diversity policies and procedures.
- Undertake legal and contractual obligations in relation to Safeguarding and Prevent.
- Allow the apprentice to complete the apprenticeship within their working hours, including any English and maths required.
- Allow the use of or provide the apprentice with access to a computing device and internet connection to access their apprenticeship management system.
- Allow the use of or provide the apprentice with access to email, a word processing application, a spreadsheet application, disk storage, and other relevant cloud services used by Locomotivation to deliver the apprenticeship.
Failure to abide by the commitments above could put the successful achievement of the apprenticeship at risk.