When your son or daughter has to make the next step in their education, we understand that you want to make sure it is the best decision for them.
Since 2016 young people aged 16 and 17 must, by law, stay in education. Their choices are between: an Apprenticeship, College or Sixth form.
We have put together a some answers that our Recruitment Team have answered in the past, if you can’t see the answer you require, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
- What will my Daughter be paid?
The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage is £3.50 per hour.
- How many hours should my son work?
If your child is aged between 16 or 17, the maximum weekly hours they can work is 40 hours. They must only work 5 days a week and receive two consecutive days off.
For young people aged over 18 years old, the maximum hours they can work is 40 hours. They do not need to have two consecutive days off.
This is in line with the Working Time Directive.
- What experience is needed?
We would advise that your child should have some basic experience with horses.
Occasionally, some yards will take on apprentices with no experience. If your child has no experience with horses and are keen to work in the Equine Industry, they might be best suited to a traineeship.
- What if they have their own horse?
If the advert states that the apprentice can bring their own horse, then yes! But note that there is no specified limit on what the employer can charge for the livery cost.
- Can they apply while still in school?
Yes, but your child will need to get in touch with us a month before they finish school. We cannot guarantee that the vacancies we have live on our system will still be available when they have finished school.
- Will there be a contract of employment?
Yes. The employer will need to make sure there is a signed contract between themselves and the apprentice.
- Can money be deducted from my child's wages for the Apprenticeship training?
- Is travelling to competitions included in weekly hours?
Yes, unless the apprentice is taking their own horse to compete and they are not working.
- Can my child be self employed?
No. The apprentice must be a full time employee with a written contract of employment.