Apprentices

Apprentices are workers covered by an apprenticeship agreement involving an apprenticeable occupation which requires more than three (3) months of practical training on the job supplemented by related theoretical instruction.

1. Concepts

“Apprenticeship” – means practical training on the job supplemented by related theoretical instruction. (Article 58[a], P.D. 442, Labor Code)

“Apprentice” – is a worker who is covered by a written apprenticeship agreement with an individual employer or any of the entities recognized under this Chapter. (Article 58[b], Ibid.)

“Apprenticeable occupation” – means any trade, form of employment or occupation which requires more than three (3) months of practical training on the job supplemented by related theoretical instruction. (Article 58[c], Ibid.)

“Apprenticeship agreement” is an employment contract wherein the employer binds himself to train the apprentice and the apprentice in turn accepts the terms of training. (Article 58[d], Ibid.)

2. Qualifications of Apprentices

To qualify as an apprentice, a person shall:

1) Be at least fourteen (14) years of age;

2) Possess vocational aptitude and capacity for appropriate tests; and

3) Possess the ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions. (Article 59, Ibid.)

a. Employment of Apprentices

Only employers in the highly technical industries may employ apprentices and only in apprenticeable occupations approved by the Minister of Labor and Employme...

 



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