Get your apprentice or trainee officially signed up
You and your apprentice or trainee must sign up to a formal training contract within 14 days of employment. This way everyone knows what their responsibilities are, and the apprentice or trainee is correctly registered. After signing, employers can pay apprentice or trainee wages, and your apprentice or trainee can enrol in formal study.
Get in touch with an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) in your area to conduct the sign-up. They can evaluate your company as an approved employer, outline any relevant incentives, and may also be able to help with finding an apprentice or trainee if you’re still recruiting.
Apprentices and trainees generally have a probation period built into their training contract, which you should discuss with them – and your ANP – when they sign up. This allows the employer or apprentice or trainee to cancel the training contract if they’re unsatisfied. After the probationary period, both you and your apprentice or trainee must agree before the contract can be cancelled.
Providing support and supervision for your apprentice or trainee during their probation period (and throughout their apprenticeship or traineeship) is important. This helps them engage with your business and stay enthusiastic about their learning journey. It can also help identify and address any potential issues early on.