Information about Apprentice and Trainee Rights

Don’t we, as job seekers, strive hard to acquire unique skills that can accelerate our career growth? We certainly do! When we complete our graduation programs, most of us have similar skills and knowledge. However, when we move ahead to land job roles, similar qualification poses hindrance. How do we prove our worth, in a crowd of “similarly” skilled applicants?Apprentice

It is perhaps now that we work to acquire specialized skills that can add value to our formal education. One of the easiest ways of acquiring these additional skills is through apprenticeship programs. If not all, most job roles make apprenticeship programs mandatory for landing desired job roles in the future.

These programs are beneficial for both sides – employers and workers. Employers receive a chance of preparing the future workforce according to their requirements and industrial needs. Whereas, trainees receive first hand practical knowledge from veterans of respective fields. And that is not all. They also earn good wages in return of learning new things.

Besides, trainees are also eligible for different employment benefits, as any other permanent employee working with the organization. However, unfortunately, we are not very much aware of these rights entitled to trainees. Therefore, to throw some light on apprentice and trainee rights, this article has been written to share relevant information on the subject.

Apprentice and Trainee Rights:

The following section shares some essential piece of information about Apprentice and Trainee Rights. The list includes:

How long is your apprenticeship program?

Time duration for apprenticeship programs particularly depend on the type of work you will be expected to do on the job front. Every job role has varied requirements and may need different time duration to get acquainted with the job duties. It may range from a few months to even a year. This time duration is decided by professionals who conduct training sessions.apprenticeship duration

Therefore, once you receive an opportunity to undergo training sessions with any organization, make sure that the time duration is mentioned in the offer letter. Gear up to acquire all skills within the said time duration. And do not allow your instructor to wrap up with the session before its scheduled time. However, your inability to grasp skills quickly may lead to an extended training period that to if your employers are benevolent enough to give you a second chance!

How much should you earn as a trainee?

Trainees are considered as regular employees and therefore are entitled to earn same wages that are offered to other employees.
Every state or country has different laws governing employee wage standards. Therefore, you, as a trainee needs to gather information about your state laws first.trainee earning

Once you are done with that, make sure that your trainers pay your wages abiding by the state laws. Also, confirm that your salary structure is mentioned in the offer letter you received. In return for the wages earned, trainees are also required to pay national tax and insurance, according to their income packages.

What are your working hours?

According to the US employment laws, employees are required to follow 40 hours working schedule per week. However, if they need to work longer hours occasionally, they are required to be provided with additional perks in any form. This may include – incentives or awards.working hours

The same rule is applied for trainees as well. Many employers can have a different schedule format for trainees. However, in no way a trainee can be forced to work longer than the 40-hour work pattern. As it has been already mentioned that training periods are largely dependent on the skills that are to be acquired; therefore, employers decide on a stipulated period during which they train their future workforce. This period can be divided into any form according to the number of days and working hours without exceeding the 40 hours scheme.

Are you entitled to paid holidays?Paid HolidayThe US government does not have any statutory minimum paid holidays. It is completely left to the employers to decide their paid holiday structure for employees. However, the general structure followed by 98% employers is providing 6 to 20 paid holidays for employees. And this again depends on the duration spend with organizations. Now, you, as a trainee is also very much entitled for these paid holiday structures and cannot be treated with any exception to this rule.

When do you study?

Now the purpose of undergoing apprenticeship programs or training sessions is to learn more and get acquainted with different tasks associated with job roles. And how can you learn when you do not study and go through topics taught? Therefore, all employers are required to give their trainees few hours off from regular work, so that they can use these hours to study and prepare themselves. It is for this reason that, trainees work 10 hours less; that is 30 hours per week as compared to any other employee. This dispensation that you are ought to receive from your employer’s side is your legal right.

What are your training termination rules?

Apprenticeship programs last for a specified time duration. It can range in between anything from one year to four years of a full-time job experience. At the end of your training, you are eligible to earn a nationally recognized apprenticeship certificate. This is provided by your employers.termination rulesAt the time of joining, all pre-termination rules need to be specified. Pre–termination is only applicable to candidates who display some serious misconduct. This standard of misconduct needs to be specified right at the time of joining.

These were a few rules governing apprenticeship and training programs in the United States. Apprenticeship has become a growing trend among job seekers as it is more beneficial than other training formats. It provides additional benefits that are not available with work experiences. However, only when applicants are aware of these rights, they can make the most of these opportunities. Thus, when you are taking up some apprenticeship programs, make sure that you are aware of your rights and duties so that the experience is beneficial for both the sides.

Things to Know Before Starting Your Professional Career

The essence of success is for those who manage to take some right decisions of being at the right place and at the right time. However, how many of us can actually boast of being one such “Mr/Ms Right?” I guess very few. All of us have those cloudy evenings in our lives, where we sit and tell ourselves ; “I wish I had known this then.”starting-professional-career

Nevertheless, do you think being Mr. Right or Ms. Right is that difficult? Definitely NO. If you put this same question before Career experts, you will find different answers stating the same underlying meaning. Realizing early in life, that a moment misused is a span lost for ever – is all you need to become this Mr/Ms Right from your slightly lesser self.

Most of us consider receiving an offer letter to be the end of the game; however, it is just the beginning of your journey towards all new and varied experiences that await you in your professional life. Do you want to go unprepared there? I guess NO.

Someone has rightly said that experience is the best teacher. Having said so, gaining all bitter experiences in an attempt to be well prepared for the second time is definitely not worth it. Therefore, utilizing experiences earned by others who are at their peaks of success sounds interesting isn’t it?

Today’s discussion encompasses all things you need to know before you start your professional life. The following section has been written based on views given by veterans belonging to different career fields. This will prepare you to face those odd situations that may arise in your professional life at any point of time.

Think before you leap:

As young graduates, some may consider earning quick money to be more significant than relevant job experiences and therefore may drift from one job to other. While, some may find following passions, over lucrative career paths to be more promising. Different individuals have different focal points to emphasize. However, ultimately it is all about the outcome it yields.ThinkThere is nothing wrong in following your dreams or earning quick money. However, you need to study all pros and cons before starting up with a new career option, so that you do not regret it later.

Take it from the horse’s mouth:

Get insights from career coaches and others who are in the field; about future growth scopes in the related profile. Know about advancements taking place and prepare yourself with all recent advents and technicalities. This will help you to sustain longer on the job front, despite the rising competition.

Money Sometime speaks louder…

Research about the salary structure offered in this profession. This is important, because it may happen that you suddenly learn that you have been earning less than what you actually deserve. Your fellow mate earning more than you, while handling the same profile is seriously hurting. This is so depressing that you almost loose your interest in the job.Money

However, if you already know that you will be payed lesser in this profile and still want to continue, due to profile passion, or you have other convincing reasons to stay back; the situation turns to be all very pleasant.

Enjoy your first salary and save the rest:

At the end of the day, we are all earning to lead a comfortable life. Many young professionals behave as spendthrifts and do not intend to make any saving during the initial years of professional life. Well, this is wrong.

Many experienced professionals have agreed to the fact, that they would have saved 10 times more than what they have, only if they would have payed heed to saving in their early days of work life.first salaryThis does not mean you need to compromise with your requirements. Neither do you need to skip your small luxury items. Get a balanced life. Plan your budget and keep track of your expenses. Soon you will end up saving more than you expected.

And do not forget to pat your back on your first salary day. This is going to be one of the most cherished days of your life and perhaps the most awaited day of each month.

The art of acceptance:

Inculcating few qualities within your self becomes imperative for a harmonious day to day work life. Every day cannot be as good as you want it to be. You may fail to meet deadlines, your boss may be in a bad mood, a tiff with a co worker, worse – you may have to relocate.accept

How to deal with such situations? Giving up is not any option. All these have just a simple solution – accept your present situation and decide your future course of action.

For instance, you have made some severe mistakes in your assigned task and you are sure of getting chided by your boss. There are various tips of approaching your boss after a mistake; however, all these tips revolve around self acceptance of the fact.

Only when you realize its severity and take the entire responsibility, you will be in a position to understand your Boss’s disappointment. It comes almost miraculously, that the more you accept your flaws, instead of providing lame excuses and pointing fingers, the more you get spared by your boss.

Do not shy off from hard work and have no limitation:

Make all calculated expeditions while you are young. You may be working in a profile that you are not enjoying. There is no reason of getting bogged down now, as you have just started and there are miles to go. Work hard to land desired profiles, learn about the skills required for these job profiles and devote yourself to learning those efficiently.hard workAgain, if you are already handling responsibilities that you enjoy, don’t get stagnant there. Be content and look for other advanced prospects related to the profile. Have a futuristic approach and prepare yourself in a manner that you can stand as a tough competition for the younger workforce in the future as well.

Reports show that most successful professionals have made thoughtful career experiments during their initial years when people are more vigilant and prompt. Once you have different social and personals strings attached, making frequent changes is not possible and neither suggested.

Lastly, as they truly say that, Success is easier to achieve than to sustain, do not get inert when you reach there finally. Justify your hard work and struggle you have taken to reach this position. Know how to lead a successful professional life as you are taking your baby steps towards it.

Do’s and Don’ts with Your First Pay Check

Getting the first pay check may be the first step of entering the world of independence and productivity for many. Holding your first pay check is surely exciting. This feeling is something different- you start dreaming about your future, you start thinking about realising your dream and may be someone’s else’s dream. You make plans about fulfilling certain purposes of life and serving the society. It is certainly of great emotional value and most importantly, financial value.first paycheck

Having the first check is surely a big moment for you. Yes, you are happy, you are proud of yourself. You would like to splurge out all your money. You like to share your happiness, celebrate with friends and relatives. While tearing open the check, you are getting goosebumps. You are thinking of buying this and that. All these happen and it is perfectly okay. You must also be aware of some do’s and don’ts as money is money after all, and you cannot live without money.do's

Do’s: 

  • Now that you have your check, you know how much money will be subtracted as tax and what amount you will actually get. A certain amount of money will be deducted due to Medicare, Social Security, Federal and State Income tax. You may think ‘that’s unfair’. Yes, it hurts. But like every employee you have to pay for the numerous government resources that you are using.

Hence, it is imperative that you make a plan for your expenses and savings. Note down your short- and long-term goals and start saving accordingly. First save and then spend.

  • Warren Buffet said, “If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.” Yes, you may think all these stereotyped advices do not hold value anymore. Wait! Take a pause. Do you really think you need not save? Are you sure of not losing your job in the future? Will this salary be enough during emergency? Moreover, if you are doing any part-time job, it is likely that you need more money when you are jobless. So consider all these factors before spending a hefty amount for your fun and entertainment.
  • You want to enjoy one night out with your friends. Yes, you can do. Spend on food, drinks, movie tickets, concert shows, fun activities and do what you want to do. Buy clothes, gadgets, accessories- whatever you need. After all, this is your first check and you are on cloud9.
  • Do open a savings account. You may think it’s a bit too early; but believe us. Saving money can never be too early. It’s just that you have to take the first step. That first step may be a baby step. No matter what expenses may come your way, you must save a particular amount; even it is 5% of your income every month. And you must start this with your first check. Once you start depositing some money in your savings account, you will see your nest egg growing gradually. That time you will feel happy thinking that you had taken the right decision in the past.don'ts

Don’ts:

  • Getting your first pay check does not mean going on a shopping or spending spree. You must not spend on things that you don’t want. Let’s take two examples.
  1. You might have a laptop and a smartphone. While browsing through some shopping sites, you might think of buying a tablet. If you can really manage your work by laptop and phone, what is the need of a tablet? Just because you don’t have one does not mean you should buy one. Sudden pop ups of ads on your computer or phone screen must not allure you to empty your pocket for useless things.
  2. You have one big sofa or a bean bag at your home. You feel jealous when your friend showcases that gorgeous, huge, comfortable recliner that his grandfather had gifted him on his last birthday. You may have one secret desire of bringing home one such recliner to watch matches or movies. Now think for how many hours do you watch movies or matches? To put simply, when you have enough, don’t fall for small, unnecessary things.
  • Don’t plan for long vacation. Going overseas may be a brilliant way of treating yourself. Enjoying with friends, spending lavishly in food and drinks, exploring new cultures and new places, posting photos on social networking sites, getting too many likes and comments- all these may lure you to spend money from your steady pay check. A smarter way of celebration can be to plan for a trip after some months or a year. During this period, save a certain percentage of your income for the future trip and then enjoy the fruits of your labor in a carefree manner. Instead of long vacation, you may opt for a one-day trip to some nearby places.
  • Don’t opt for any too big purchase. And too big means spending a heavy amount literally. For example, you may consider buying a car or home. You might find yourself talking to a car dealer or a real estate agent and end up giving them a big amount for booking. Not only buying, you may even think of shifting to a luxurious flat on rent leaving the present small one. Don’t listen to friends who advise you on such critical matters. Wait for some time, let things settle first, add some zeroes to your savings account balance and thereafter take any major decision.

The real question is about creating a balance. Try to draw a line between leading a decent life and an extravagant life, especially when you have just entered in this tough world of competition. Learn to exercise self-control while spending. Thus holding the first check with all those goosebumps and tempting dreams, promise yourself to spend wisely, be happy and start saving for the rest of your life.