An agreement under which an apprentice undertakes work for an employer in accordance with conditions specified in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCLA 2009) and the Apprenticeships (Form of Apprenticeship Agreement) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/844). With effect from 26 May 2015, apprenticeship agreements only apply to apprenticeships in Wales and to apprenticeships in England where the relevant apprenticeship framework ( www.practicallaw.com/5-520-5843) has not yet been replaced by an approved apprenticeship standard ( www.practicallaw.com/5-614-1529) . An apprenticeship agreement has the status of a contract of service ( www.practicallaw.com/5-200-3141) , which means that an apprentice engaged under an apprenticeship agreement is only entitled to the statutory protections granted to ordinary employees ( www.practicallaw.com/1-200-3195) . This is in contrast to the employment status of an apprentice working under a contract of apprenticeship ( www.practicallaw.com/3-520-5858) , who would receive enhanced protection against dismissal.
For further detail on apprenticeship agreements, see Practice note, Apprenticeships: employment law implications: Apprentices under the ASCLA 2009 ( www.practicallaw.com/9-520-3960) .