What does this mean?
The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children & Learning Act 2009 provides that completing an apprenticeship requires a person to enter into an ‘apprenticeship agreement’. If this agreement is to take effect as a contract of service it must be in the ‘prescribed form’. However, until now no form has actually been prescribed. These Regulations prescribe the form. They generally require the agreement to contain a written statement of the particulars of employment. The agreement must also include a statement of the skill, trade or occupation for which the apprentice is being trained under the apprenticeship framework.
What should employers do?
Employers who employ apprentices will need to issue an apprenticeship agreement in the prescribed form to those apprentices who are employed under a contract of service.