How often is an Apprentice at Work?


Apprentices study towards a related qualification alongside their work, over one to four years depending on their apprenticeship level.

However, this study usually takes up just one day a week. Apprentices usually work a minimum of 30 hours a week.

The limit for an average working week is 48 hours, or 40 if the apprentice is under 18. They can work more than this in one week but over a 17-week period it must average out to less than this.

Apprentices are also entitled to at least one 20-minute break for every six hours of work and at least 11 hours off between shifts, as well as at least one and a half days’ paid holiday for every month of their training. They also get bank holidays. 

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