What's the Difference Between an Apprenticeship and Traineeship?

​The main difference between apprentices and trainees is the level of commitment that both the apprentice or trainee and the employer make.

Apprenticeships

Under an apprenticeship:

  • an employer agrees to employ you for the term of the apprenticeship and to support you in your training for that period of time, and you agree to follow instruction and attend off-the-job and/or workplace-based training
  • if your employer sells the business during your apprenticeship, the new employer must continue with the training contract
  • once the probationary period of the training contract has passed, all parties must agree in order for the contract to be cancelled.

Traineeships

Under a traineeship:

  • an employer agrees to employ you for the term of the traineeship and to support you in your training for that period of time, and you agree to follow instruction and attend structured training
  • if the business is sold, the new employer does not have to keep you on as a trainee
  • either party may cancel the contract by signing a cancellation form or letter stating the date of cancellation. Mutual agreement is not required.

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