It is crucial to stress that apprentices are not on “work experience” and should be treated like regular employees regarding rights, responsibilities, and benefits.
Every year, all apprentices in the United Kingdom are entitled to at least 20 days of holiday. This includes the weekends and holidays.
Because the minimum wage for apprentices is lower than for full-time workers, benefits such as paid time off are essential. In addition, holidays and other perks and the chance to learn on the job and study for certifications may make apprenticeships more desirable — therefore, more people want to complete them.
Employers should specify the apprenticeship regulations in a training agreement or contract to ensure everyone is on the same page. This will outline who is eligible for benefits such as holiday time and any procedures for requesting a holiday via a line manager.