What is an apprenticeship agreement?

An apprenticeship agreement is signed by the employer and apprentice before the start of the programme and outlines key details about the apprenticeship. It’s a legal requirement and acts as a contract of employment between the apprentice and employer. Apprentices younger than 18 will need to get a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

The agreement is one of two documents that all apprentices will need to sign before starting the programme. The other required document is called the apprenticeship training plan, which is an agreement between the apprentice, employer, and training provider. Both documents are usually signed at the apprentice induction meeting.

Like the rest of your workforce, an apprentice will also need an employment contract. Find out more about the difference between an apprentice contract and agreement here.

What does an apprenticeship agreement contain?

An apprenticeship agreement will contain details about employment arrangements, working conditions, and the apprenticeship programme itself. Both the employer and apprentice will receive a copy of the agreement to keep.

The apprenticeship agreement must contain:

  • Employment and training length
  • Job role and apprenticeship programme
  • Amount of off-the-job training hours
  • Working conditions and rate of pay

Setting up an apprenticeship programme

Lifetime provides expert insight tailored to the development and launch of every programme, alongside key resources, such as apprenticeship agreement templates. Find out more about working with Lifetime.