Apprenticeships and traineeships have set probationary periods under the training contract, which gives you and your apprentice or trainee time to work together before deciding to commit to each other until the end of the contract.

Probationary periods are usually 90 days for apprenticeships and 30–90 days for traineeships. They can be extended up to 6 months past the apprenticeship's or traineeship's start date.

This guide outlines the purpose, duration and processes for making changes to a probationary period, including how to dismiss your apprentice or trainee during their probationary period.