How to Leave an Apprenticeship

Written by Luke Kitchen
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Making the decision to leave an apprenticeship can be a difficult one to make, but it is sometimes necessary. If you are no longer happy with your apprenticeship or it’s no longer working for you, you may need to quit. This article will explain how to leave an apprenticeship and the quitting process in the UK. 

Deciding Whether to Leave an Apprenticeship

Before you decide to leave, it is important to consider all of your options. There may be a way to fix the problems you are having with your apprenticeship, or you may be able to find another apprenticeship that is a better fit for you. If you decide that quitting is the best option, then the following steps should help inform you about the process. 

Quitting an Apprenticeship 

If you have decided to leave your apprenticeship, the first step is to speak to your employer. They may be able to help you find a new job or apprenticeship, or they may give you a reference. 

The next step depends on your age:

If you are under 16 years old

 If you are under 16 years old, your parents will need to sign a form called a ‘Notice of Intention to Leave’. This form tells your employer that you are leaving, and they must give you a written statement explaining why they are ending your apprenticeship. 

If you are 16 or 17 years old

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will need to write a letter telling your employer that you are quitting. This letter should include the reasons why you are leaving, and it must be signed by both you and your parent/guardian. 

If you are 18 years old or over

 If you are 18 years old or over, then you can leave without getting permission from your parents or employer. However, it can still be a good idea to speak to them about your decision and explain why you are leaving. 

Giving Notice

Once you have spoken to your employer, the next step is to give them notice that you are quitting. This means writing a letter or email telling them that you are leaving and when your last day will be. 

The amount of notice you need to give depends on how long you have been working for your employer.

Prior to consulting this list, always look at your apprenticeship contract for the notice you’re required to give (as this can vary from company to company). However, the list below provides you with an idea of the notice you’ll be expected to give: 

  • If you have been working for less than one month: You do not need to give any notice and can leave immediately. 
  • If you’ve been working between 1 and 3 months: You need to give one week’s notice. 
  • If you’ve been working between 3 and 6 months: You need to give two weeks’ notice. 
  • If you have been working between 6 and 9 months: You need to give four weeks’ notice. 
  • If you have been working between 9 and 12 months: You need to give six weeks’ notice. 
  • If you have been working for more than one year: You need to give eight weeks’ notice. 

Leave an Apprenticeship Without Giving Notice

If you decide to leave without giving notice, your employer may be able to take legal action against you. This could include making you pay the money you owe them or taking away any qualifications you have gained. It is always best to speak to your employer before leaving, even if you plan to leave without giving notice.  

If you have decided that quitting your apprenticeship is the best option for you, then following these steps should help make the process easier.

For more information on apprenticeships take a look at the various guides we have compiled for apprentices. To look for alternative apprenticeship opportunities, take a look at our live jobs board! Don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated with all of the latest news and information in the world of apprenticeships. 

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Last Updated: Friday July 22 2022
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