Changes to your apprenticeship

Changes to your apprenticeshipBecause an apprenticeship involves you, your employer and your training provider, change can be complicated. Find out how different changes work.

Changing jobs during an apprenticeship

You can change jobs and still continue on the same Apprenticeship course — you won’t have to start your studies all over again. Your training provider will have to agree that the new employer is suitable.

Changing your apprenticeship subject

If you decide you want to do a different type of apprenticeship altogether, you will need to leave your current apprenticeship and reapply. You can start looking for a new place before leaving your existing one. Keep in mind that employers will want to know why you didn’t finish your previous apprenticeship, since they might be worried that you will leave the new one early too. Think carefully about whether leaving your current apprenticeship is the best choice, and whether the new one will be better.

Leaving your apprenticeship course and keeping your job

You can stop studying and keep working with your employer if they agree. They will have to pay you at least the minimum wage for non-apprentices if you do this.

Leaving your apprenticeship job and completing your course

If you leave your job and don’t find another employer to take you on as an apprentice, you may be able to continue with your course, but you may have to pay training costs do so. Talk to your training provider to find out whether this is possible.

Ending an apprenticeship early

You can choose to leave your apprenticeship early. You might be asked to repay some of your training costs if you do this.

If you are fired or made redundant during an apprenticeship

If you are fired or made redundant, you should contact your learning provider — they can help you to find a new employer.

There are different legal rules for ending apprenticeships than for ending other jobs, because an apprenticeship contract is considered a training contract rather than a contract of employment. If you think you were fired or made redundant illegally, you may with to get legal advice. You might be able to get compensation not only for lost wages, but also for the training you will miss out on.

Starting an apprenticeship in an existing job

If you’re already working and you want to do an apprenticeship related to your current job, you can start one if your employer agrees. Start by talking to your employer to see if they are happy to do this.

If you start an apprenticeship, your minimum wage will change; however, most apprenticeship employers pay more than the minimum, and it’s unlikely they will cut your pay when you start an apprenticeship.

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