Appointment to an Apprenticeship carries with it no commitment to a subsequent appointment with the University on completion of the Apprenticeship. Whilst apprentices are placed into fixed-term Apprenticeship appointments, they are not considered to be fixed-term employees, and are excluded from the provisions of the Fixed-Term Employee Regulations. Therefore, the University’s procedure for the end of fixed-term contracts does not apply to apprentices. For more details, please see the Government guidance on what counts as a fixed term contract.
As the end of the Apprenticeship approaches, departments need to think about the next steps for their apprentice. Departments should provide support to their apprentices accordingly and encourage them to think about their future career, and whether they wish to pursue it within the University.
The departmental HR lead should meet with the apprentice three months before the end date of their Apprenticeship to explain what support and guidance the department can offer. At this meeting, the HR lead should discuss whether it is likely there will be a position available to the apprentice within the department following the completion of their Apprenticeship. If there is a suitable job available to the apprentice, then the normal procedures for evaluating the job and offering employment should be followed. In cases where there is no further employment available to the apprentice, the HR lead should explain this clearly, and offer support to redeploy the apprentice into another position within the University, if possible.
Whilst the University cannot and does not guarantee a subsequent appointment following the completion of an Apprenticeship, it is hoped that the skills and experience the apprentice has acquired throughout their Apprenticeship can be retained within the department. Where an apprentice successfully attains their qualification(s) and can demonstrate satisfactory competence, and where the opportunity exists, they can be directly appointed into the job for which the Apprenticeship was intended, by following the guidance below.