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    My son is 19, he completes his 2nd year as Motor Vehicle Technician apprentice at the end of June this year. His employer has just told him that he wont be working there after the end of June as they do not have the level of work needed for his third and final year course requirements. Why the hell give the apprenticeship in the first place is my first question ? - but understandably wont be answered here.

    Is there a legal obligation for the employer to complete the training? Where do we stand here? The kid has possibly thrown two years of his life down the drain not to mention the 4k he has spent of his meagre salary buying tools over the last 2 years.

    I really don't think there is much of a chance of him getting just a 3rd year apprenticeship at a main dealer as suggested by his boss.....

    Really angry right now and need some sensible advice please.
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    What does his contract say?

    Is he a member of a union?
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    (Original post by GazzaRoo)
    My son is 19, he completes his 2nd year as Motor Vehicle Technician apprentice at the end of June this year. His employer has just told him that he wont be working there after the end of June as they do not have the level of work needed for his third and final year course requirements. Why the hell give the apprenticeship in the first place is my first question ? - but understandably wont be answered here.

    Is there a legal obligation for the employer to complete the training? Where do we stand here? The kid has possibly thrown two years of his life down the drain not to mention the 4k he has spent of his meagre salary buying tools over the last 2 years.

    I really don't think there is much of a chance of him getting just a 3rd year apprenticeship at a main dealer as suggested by his boss.....

    Really angry right now and need some sensible advice please.
    I'm not certain of the legality of discontinuing his apprenticeship at all, but my understanding is that he is treated as an employee and thus would be subject to the same provisions under employment law as anyone else (with some additional protections). I think not having the available work for him to do in order to satisfy the requirements of his course will be viewed as an acceptable reason for terminating the employment as they cannot reasonably create it. He may have grounds for pursuing an employment tribunal, but this depends on many things so I do recommend contacting CAB about this as they will hopefully be able to help far more than I can.

    The apprenticeship grant scheme means that more companies will be taking on apprentices in the coming years, but unfortunately I think the funding only applies to new starters. It does seem sensible to me, though, that somebody with two years of good experience with a good reference, and who they can pay very little, will be an attractive prospect to somebody.

    This sounds like a very unfortunate situation for the lad to be in and I hope you find a positive resolution!

    All the best.
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    From the advice to employers on gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/pay-and-conditions-for-apprentices

    "Apprentices and redundancy

    You can’t usually make an apprentice redundant simply because you can’t afford to pay them, eg if your company runs out of work. This is because you have a contract to train them.

    You should get legal advice if you think you might have to make an apprentice redundant or want to end the apprenticeship early for another reason."

    There should be an equivalent for apprentices somewhere, but it's certainly legal advice time. As before, if he's a member of a union, ask them. Where's the college training happening? Ask them.
 
 
 
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