At the successful completion of an Apprenticeship (i.e. having gained a formal qualification and performing at the required level in the role), Personnel Services will issue a certificate formally recognising this achievement. In order to qualify for an automatic appointment (where one is available) to a post in the department, the apprentice must normally have:
- Completed the appropriate training period
- Attended the course of study and attained the appropriate qualification(s)
- Demonstrated satisfactory competence in the role.
If there is a suitable post available and the apprentice has satisfied the division/department as to their competence to perform at the requisite grade, they may be considered for appointment to a post without the post being advertised more widely.
In such cases, departments should follow the University’s guidance on ‘Recruitment without advertising ('direct appointments')’.
Where a suitable post is available to which the apprentice is successfully appointed, a new contract of employment should be issued to the individual. Unless the individual has previous unbroken continuous service with the University, the start date of their Apprenticeship will be used as the date of their continuous service with the University. Continuous service is used for the purposes of certain entitlements, such as the University’s sick pay scheme and calculating the entitlement to family leave benefits, e.g. maternity pay.