How to Quit an Apprenticeship

Whether you are having personal difficulties, think the course is not as advertised, or may not feel comfortable about your job status, you might be thinking about how to quit an apprenticeship.

Is it feasible for you to complete your apprenticeship?

First and foremost, you have the right to terminate an apprenticeship anytime. It’s the same as if you were working in a regular job; your deal would state how long notice you would give your employer if you wanted to leave.

However, it is essential to note that you will not earn a certification after potentially completing a considerable amount of work if you do not fulfil your apprenticeship. Therefore, this is something you should consider before reaching your decision.

What drives specific individuals to leave?

For several purposes, apprentices may terminate their apprenticeship before it is completed. This is entirely dependent on the person, but it may be related to:

  • Relationships, health, and financial challenges
  • Dissatisfaction with the content of the apprenticeship
  • Dissatisfaction with the teaching quality
  • The workload is too much
  • Unsatisfied with one’s job or occupation

Do you have to pay back any money?

Nope. Unlike at university, if you end the apprenticeship before it is finished, you won’t have to pay anything back. In addition, under the new financing rules, employers would no longer need apprentices to pay for specific training, exams, or other activities.

Future possibilities after you quit an apprenticeship

Depending on the reason for leaving the apprenticeship, there are several options for moving forward. Here are some examples:

Changing occupations

If you are unhappy with your job, whether it be because of the workplace, the responsibilities, or the business culture, you can change occupations and continue your apprenticeship course.

You will need to consult with your training provider on this. They must decide whether or not this is feasible for you and consider the new employer’s suitability.

Changing the subject

If you leave your apprenticeship to follow a different subject, you must reapply for a different course. You can look at other classes before completing the current one, but remember that employers want to know why you left your previous apprenticeship.

Leaving your apprenticeship while thinking about your future

If you are unhappy with the apprenticeship course, including the content and quality of instruction, your employer will allow you to change jobs within the company. Whether or not the manager agrees, you would be paid the national minimum wage for non-apprentices.

Before making your decision, talk to your employer or training firm about any concerns, doubts, or complaints you may have. If you contact them, they will be happy to implement the specific changes you need or provide additional assistance and guidance if necessary.

It is essential to acknowledge that change is not always possible. So, if you believe that finishing your apprenticeship is the best thing for you, keep your options in mind in the future.

Furthermore, employers may find themselves in the challenging role of having to lay off apprentices.

Updated on September 6, 2022

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