Fair working conditions

Wherever you're employed, your working conditions should always be fair.

Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.

Fair Work framework

Check out the Fair Work framework video to see what this means for you.

Support for apprentices who are carers

If you’re an apprentice and a carer, Carer’s Allowance could support you.  

For people living in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance, you may also get Carer’s Allowance Supplement or Carer Support Payment. The Young Carer Grant is for carers who are 16, 17 or 18 years old.

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Redundancy

Redundancy can be a really difficult time. Your employer should support you during redundancy and you can contact us for advice

Our careers advisers are also here to support you through redundancy and to help you move on to the next step. 

You can find useful useful information on My World of Work about your rights during redundancy.

Support for maternity, paternity and adoption 

These links on the ACAS website offer information on parental leave, including maternity, paternity, adoption and surrogacy.

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Unions

A union is an organisation with members who are usually workers or employees. It looks after the members’ interests at work.

A union will support its members by talking about their concerns with employers and negotiating on salaries. Union representatives (‘reps’) can also join you at important meetings, for example a disciplinary meeting. 

You can usually find the union’s contact details in your company handbook, intranet site or noticeboard. Ask your manager if you can’t find this information. There's a membership fee which you can pay in a few different ways. 

Find out more about unions on the Gov.uk website 

What if my employer doesn’t have a union? 

Some companies don’t partner with a union – especially smaller businesses – but you can get lots of free work advice from ACAS.

Your questions answered

We've got answers here to questions you might have while you're working as an apprentice. Or you can check out all Frequently Asked Questions.

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You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or get in touch with our team who will be happy to help.