Employers need to know the answer to the question of what kinds of work can children do to avoid being challenged by the authorities.
Yes you can sack an Apprentice, but this blog is about ending apprentice employment for other reasons. If you have concerns about the performance or behaviour of an apprentice and you are thinking of ending apprentice employment, you must do it fairly and reasonably . Otherwise, you may find yourself being challenged by the Apprentice. This blog is more about what you tell an Apprentice up front about their apprenticeship. So that when it comes to ending apprentice employment, there are no surprises. We’ve put together some tips for you. These are based on recent enquiries that we’ve received from employers experiencing difficulties with an apprentice. We are often surprised at the minimal contracts that employers give to Apprentices. Often they seem to have been simply drafted by the Apprentice’s training provider. The Apprentice is your employee. You need to clarify the terms on which you engage them, not the Training Provider. Metis HR offer clients an Approved English Apprenticeship Agreement. This has been drafted to take account of legislation which came into force in May 2015. It introduced an ‘approved English apprenticeship’, which replaced apprenticeships under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 in England. However, does not include Wales). This document clarifies responsibilities […]
Managing Work Experience – How to transform a mediocre work placement into a meaningful one Summer term and summer holiday times are often the times when organisations get asked to offer work experience opportunities. Managing work experience is always a challenge for organisations. It can help the young person adjust to a work place environment rather than school. Also giving them meaningful experiences given their lack of knowledge and experience. Frequently, the people managing work experience students are supervisors. Sometimes it’s their very first time managing work experience. The result of this can be a lot of unmet expectations on both sides. The solution? We recommend every person managing work experience students make an appointment with the young person half way through the placement. Ask them, “What did you expect to do or learn in this work experience placement that hasn’t happened?” This question can open up a conversation that can be invaluable. Your work experience student may have grand expectations of being a project leader or presenting to the board. Only to be frustrated that so far they have just sat in on meetings. On the other hand, they may have had very reasonable expectations, but been stuck doing […]