1c - Contract, probation, documentation

  
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 First contact
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It is advisable for both parties, that the applicant be employed on a trial basis first, until he/she finds out if this is the right career choice.

The employer will be able to see whether or not the applicant is everything the application says he/she is, and to assess his/her capabilities, before making a commitment.

This will help the young person make choices concerning a future profession. The legislation pertaining to probationary periods varies between the countries, therefore, be sure to check your own country's rules and laws.

In the Netherlands, for example, probation may not last longer than two months.
 Drawing up a contract
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 Formalities have to be followed when drawing up a contract; be sure to check the appropriate legislation in your country.

For example, in Austria, the apprenticeship contract is entered into between the authorised apprenticeship trainer and the apprentice. Standardised forms can be obtained from the Apprenticeship Offices. (Data from 2004)

As for Germany, the rules are determined in the Vocational Training Act or Berufsbildungsgesetz.

 

 Wages for apprentices
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 Legislation pertaining to wages varies between the countries, therefore, be sure to check your country's rules and laws.

For Germany, the rules can be found in Vocational Training Act or Berufsbildungsgesetz.

 Terminating a contract
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Sometimes things just don’t work out, and one or both parties wish to terminate the contract. Again, check the legislation of your country for the proper procedures regarding termination of the contract. For Finland, information pertaining termination of the contract may be found on the Eurofound website.  


 Legal context
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Legal requirements for a contract are usually found in legislation.

For Germany, the rules can be found in Vocational Training Act or Berufsbildungsgesetz.  

 

 The probation period: process and assessment
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During probation, the apprentice can see whether he is suited to the company or the trade, and whether he can get along with his co-workers. The trainer can observe whether the apprentice is capable of learning the trade, can contribute to the company and 'fit in' into the company culture.
 

 Interim evaluation
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Check the legislation for rules on interim evaluation.

In Finland, the trainer is obligated to evaluate each workplace training period: these evaluations are the official assessment of an apprentice. An evaluation must be written after each workplace training period. 
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