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Working as an apprentice – your rights

 Young carpenter

 If you are an apprentice it is easy to focus on the fact that you are there to learn, and to forget that you are also an employee. This means that you have all the usual rights of an employee including:

  • paid holidays
  • rest breaks
  • sick pay
  • limited working hours

This information is intended to give you some idea of your rights and your employer’s duties and responsibilities.

THE BORING BUT IMPORTANT LEGAL BIT This information is meant to be a guide and not an authoritative interpretation of the law. It is correct as at time of posting (July 2012). If you have any questions about the law as it applies to you please either contact us on 0131 667 4400 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or take advice from a solicitor.

What pay am I entitled to during my apprenticeship?

Can I be paid more than the minimum wage?

Do apprentices have any extra rights?

What about fair treatment?

What should I do if something goes wrong?


Where can I get more information?

Check out the Young Scot website for useful information on opportunities for further learning and training and career advice for school leavers

To read all of this information in a single downloadable document click here