We have a query from an employer about the minimum number of hours an apprentice can work a week. They have someone who is on 15 hrs a week, to which we have said no to, but I can no longer find any funding rule that states the learner must work a minimum of 16 hrs. Has this changed?
I can find rule P52 & P57 which states about working less than 30 hrs and it not being a barrier, but there does not seem to be any mention of a minimum anymore.
Yes, they have removed the minimum 16 hours and they now leave it up to the Provider to decide on an individual basis and this is covered by the following:
P50. The apprentice must work enough hours each week so that they can undertake sufficient regular training and on-the-job activity. This is to ensure the apprentice is likely to successfully complete their apprenticeship. You must keep evidence of the agreed average weekly hours, including time spent on off-the-job training, in the evidence pack.