The employer’s responsibilities for an apprenticeship programme cover the following areas
Providing a genuine job:
- a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship (including the end point assessment).
- paying an apprentice’s wages.
- ensuring the apprentice’s role provides the opportunity for them to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve their apprenticeship.
- offering appropriate support and supervision on the job, in order for the apprentice to carry out their role.
Apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement:
- an apprenticeship agreement must be signed at the start of the apprenticeship. It is used to confirm individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and employer and is a legal requirement.
- a commitment statement, must signed by employer, the apprentice and the main provider. This sets out the individual learning plan for the agreed training.
- by making sure the apprentice is taking part in learning throughout the apprenticeship.
- participating in regular progress reviews with the apprentice and the main provider (see tripartite meetings).