Monday, November 17, 2008

Apprentices - Know your rights and Beware!

Just heard first hand of how the financial crisis is having a domino effect on existing apprenticeships.

A chap, who'd almost completed his pre-apprenticeship training on the job and was about to begin his apprenticeship was given such a hard time by the boss that he was put in a situation where he had to quit.
Because, contrary to the boss accusing the bloke of costing them money in mistakes - of which there was 1 minor error by someone who's LEARNING the trade - the boss is up to his eyeballs in debt.
Not just debt from the business but debt from his personal life, too.

So, while apprenticeship boards might be stumping up half the wages, supplying tools and telling people apprentices cannot be sacked once agreements have been signed, they forget that the workplace can be made a very nasty, unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be should the apprentice stand his/her ground.

In this economic climate I seriously doubt this will be the last we hear of this ugly practice.


  1. I agree with your message! I hope you dont mind that I keep coming back!

  2. In this economic climate I seriously doubt this will be the last we hear of this ugly practice.

    Spot-on assessment Jayne. I expect Greed will escalate on par with CO2 emissions.

  3. At least you've still got apprenticeships in Oz. Maggie bin Thatch put an end to apprenticeships over here in the 80s, replacing them with unpaid slaves.

  4. That's cool, Kaylee :)

    It's a given, Reuben.

    They all went mad in the '80's, Brian...Reagan, Thatcher, Boy George, Terry from The Sullivans....

  5. Jayne,

    I wouldn't know. I wasn't born then.

    Ahem...and if you believe that, you'll believe anything.

  6. Riding roughshod over young people trying to make their way in life is probably one of the suckiest things a boss can do - but unfortunately, I'm sure it won't be the last time this sort of carry-on happens.

  7. Hi! It's the luck of the draw when it comes to an apprentice getting a good boss that actually wants to teach them. My eldest was an apprentice and during the course of going from one bad boss to the other, all they wanted to do was to use him for things other than what his apprenticeship was all about.

    Take Care,