The Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 aimed to remedy the situation by introducing the concept of “apprenticeship contract”. An apprenticeship contract is a “service contract” (as opposed to an “apprenticeship contract”) in which the trainee agrees to work for the employer under the agreement, in a prescribed form as set out in the Apprenticeship (Apprenticeship Form) Regulations, 2012. The apprenticeship contract must also include a declaration of the competence, profession or profession for which the apprentice is trained as part of the apprenticeship. This agreement must be signed by the trainee and the employer at the beginning of the training. You can draw up your own apprenticeship contract or download a training contract template. This can be a written statement of employment data or a written document in the form of an employment contract or a letter of engagement. It is specific to training – an employment contract for standard employees is not enough for a trainee. A training contract must be signed at the beginning of the training. It is used to confirm individual employment contracts between the intern and the employer. This means that an intern who works under an apprenticeship contract has the same labour rights as other employees. A training contract contains details of the terms of employment, working conditions and the training programme itself. Both the employer and the intern will receive a copy of the retention agreement. Traditionally, apprenticeship contracts have imposed a heavier burden on the employer than an ordinary employment contract, since the main objective of apprenticeship training was considered to be the provision of training to the person concerned, with the performance of the work for the employer being a secondary consideration.