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What Happens if You Fall Pregnant While Doing an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical skills and knowledge while earning a wage. However, you may wonder, “What happens if you fall pregnant while doing an apprenticeship?

This article will guide you through what happens if you become pregnant while pursuing an apprenticeship.

What Happens if You Fall Pregnant While Doing an Apprenticeship

Understanding Your Rights

Pregnancy is a natural and significant life event, and as an apprentice, you are entitled to certain rights to ensure your well-being and fair treatment. The Equality Act 2010 safeguards pregnant apprentices from discrimination and offers protection against unfair treatment or dismissal due to pregnancy. This means your apprenticeship cannot be terminated solely because you are pregnant.

Notifying Your Employer and Training Provider

Once you discover that you’re pregnant, it’s recommended to inform your employer and training provider as soon as possible. This allows them to support you better and adjust your working conditions. It’s also an opportunity to discuss any concerns about your role during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Health and Safety Considerations

Your health and safety, as well as that of your unborn child, is paramount. Employers must conduct a risk assessment to identify potential hazards or adjustments to ensure your well-being during your apprenticeship. This might involve changes in work duties, working hours, or workspace modifications.

Time Off and Maternity Leave

You can take time off for antenatal appointments and classes as a pregnant apprentice. Your employer should grant reasonable paid time off for these appointments. Additionally, you are eligible for maternity leave, which includes:

  • Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML): The first 26 weeks of maternity leave, during which you’re entitled to all your usual employment rights and benefits.
  • Additional Maternity Leave (AML): During the following 26 weeks, you’re still entitled to certain employment rights, but some benefits may differ.

Pay and Financial Support

You might be eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance (MA) during your maternity leave, depending on your circumstances. Your employer pays SMP, while MA is a state benefit for those who don’t qualify for SMP. Check the eligibility criteria and application process for these financial supports.

Returning to Your Apprenticeship

After your maternity leave, you can return to your apprenticeship. Your employer cannot penalise or treat you unfairly for taking time off due to pregnancy. Discussing with your employer before returning to work is a good idea to ensure a smooth transition into your role.


Becoming pregnant during an apprenticeship might seem daunting, but it can be navigated successfully with the right knowledge and support. Remember that you have legal rights to protect you from discrimination and ensure your well-being. By communicating openly with your employer and training provider, you can work together to make any necessary adjustments and ensure a positive experience during and after your pregnancy. Your journey as an apprentice doesn’t have to be derailed by this new chapter; it can lead to growth and opportunities you might never have expected.

Updated on August 25, 2023

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