Since the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, an apprenticeship agreement is a statutory requirement for the employment of an apprentice in connection with an approved apprenticeship standard. It forms part of the individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and the employer.
An apprenticeship agreement must be in place when an individual starts a statutory apprenticeship programme and should remain in place throughout the apprenticeship. The end date is when the end-point assessment is due to be completed.
The apprenticeship agreement must specify:
The employer and the apprentice need to sign the agreement – it is an agreement between these two parties only. Training providers sign a separate commitment statement which outlines the planned content and schedule for training, what is expected of and offered by the employer, provider and the apprentice, and how to resolve queries or complaints.