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Hi all,

We are in the process of preparing to advertise for our first apprentice and I wanted to grab some advice off here. I understand that apprentices under 18 cannot work for more than 8 hours per day OR over 40 hours per week. We ideally need the apprentice to work 3 long days (7.15-6.15), 1 shorter day (7.15-1.15) and one day off (we will of course entitle them to the necessary breaks etc).

Am I able to employ them for the longer days? I know that it is over the 8 hours a day BUT they are working less than the 40 hours throughout the whole week? I really want to make sure that I am getting right!

Any advice would be much appreciated :)

TIA

 

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49 minutes ago, FNDN said:

Hi all,

We are in the process of preparing to advertise for our first apprentice and I wanted to grab some advice off here. I understand that apprentices under 18 cannot work for more than 8 hours per day OR over 40 hours per week. We ideally need the apprentice to work 3 long days (7.15-6.15), 1 shorter day (7.15-1.15) and one day off (we will of course entitle them to the necessary breaks etc).

Am I able to employ them for the longer days? I know that it is over the 8 hours a day BUT they are working less than the 40 hours throughout the whole week? I really want to make sure that I am getting right!

Any advice would be much appreciated :)

TIA

I'm not sure about whether the 8 hours a day can be changed. You'd have to speak to their training provider I would think. We have only ever employed our new apprentices for around 25 hours a week (5 hours a day) with an additional 5 hours paid for offsite studying. I'd be reluctant to employ a young person for 3 x 11 hour days, it seems rather a lot. Does the 39 hours you are proposing include the 20% paid 'off the job' training? Don't forget also that if they are u18 they cannot be used in your ratios until you are confident that they are 'competent and responsible' (so not when they have just started their training - we don't include our apprentices in our ratios until the final term of their training). I'd be interested to hear what you find out!

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