Apprenticeship training is an opportunity to study for a vocational qualification and to obtain additional competence, for example by completing qualification modules. The most practical way of studying is to learn at a workplace in an authentic work environment and genuine work situations.
An apprenticeship training agreement is based on a fixed-term employment contract between an employer and a student who is aged 15 years or over. The student studies for an occupation at a workplace, combining work with studies at an educational institution.
The employer pays the student the salary indicated in the collective agreement. If the student accepted for apprenticeship training is unemployed, the employer may apply to the TE Office for a pay subsidy.
If an apprentice is an unemployed jobseeker and a customer of the local government pilot on employment, the employer applies for the pay subsidy from the customer's municipality of residence.
Apprenticeship training offices and centres will offer help and advice, for example on concluding agreements and making practical arrangements.