An apprentice enjoys the same employment rights as normal workers when it comes to pregnancy and maternity leave.
Apprentices, like all other employees, have the following rights:
- Prepaid time off for prenatal checkups
- A risk assessment for health and safety is conducted if there is any sign of occupational hazard.
- You should not be subjected to prejudice just because you are pregnant.
- With up to 52 weeks of maternity leave
Do you get maternity pay on an apprenticeship?
Yes, provided you meet the service and earnings criteria, you may claim Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP). Your average salary must be at least the lower earnings limit throughout the calculation period. This is now an average of £120 per week for the following eight weeks (if paid weekly) or two months (if paid monthly) until the final payday before the end of the 15th week before your baby is due.
You are only entitled to £4.30 per hour if you are under the age of 19 or in your apprenticeship’s first year. When you turn 19 and have completed your first year of employment, you will be paid the National Minimum Wage for your age. If you are not qualified for SMP, you may be eligible for Maternity Allowance.