1   Short title



   2   Interpretation


Establishment and Functions of Apprenticeship Board

   3   Apprenticeship Board

   4   Functions of Board


Apprenticeship Order

   5   Power of Board to make apprenticeship orders

   6   Contracts of apprenticeship to be subject to apprenticeship orders


Contracts of Apprenticeship

   7   Formalities as to contracts of apprenticeship

   8   Restriction on employment of apprentices

   9   Registration of contracts of apprenticeship

   10   Registration of subsisting contract of apprenticeship

   11   Appeals from refusal to register contract

   12   Binding effect of registered contract

   13   Suspension and discharge of apprentices for misconduct, etc


Transfer of Apprentices employed under Registered Contracts

   14   Transfer of apprentices on application

   15   Transfer of apprentices

   16   Appeals in respect of transfers of apprentices



   17   Notification of termination, etc of registered contracts

   18   Receipt of premiums prohibited

   19   Certificate of service on discharge of apprentice

   20   Certificate of completion of apprenticeship

   21   Copy of apprenticeship orders to be exhibited

   22   Offences



   23   Apprenticeship Committee

   24   Apprenticeship Appeal Tribunal

   25   Appearance by Counsel or Solicitor, etc

   26   Regulations

   27   Saving




[Date of Commencement: 23rd June, 1955]

55 of 1954,
26 of 1957,

Act 1 of 1979.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Apprenticeship Act.


2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "apprentice" means a person employed under a contract of apprenticeship;

   "apprenticeship order" means an apprenticeship order made in accordance with section 5;

   "the Board" means the Apprenticeship Board established in accordance with section 3;

   "contract of apprenticeship" means an agreement whether originally expressed in writing or not made between an employer and a worker, or between an employer and a worker and the parent or guardian of the worker, whereby the employer agrees to teach and the worker agrees to learn any trade in which the employer is engaged;

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

   "prescribed trade" means any trade specified in an apprenticeship order;

   "registered contract" means a contract of apprenticeship registered in accordance with section 9;

   "trade" includes any trade, craft, business or calling requiring the application of practical skill;

   "the Tribunal" means the Apprenticeship Appeal Tribunal established in accordance with section 24.

Establishment and Functions of Apprenticeship Board

3   Apprenticeship Board

   (1) For the purposes of this Act there shall be established a Board to be known as the Apprenticeship Board.

   (2) The provisions of Part I of the Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Board and otherwise in relation thereto.

   (3) The Board shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power to purchase, take hold and dispose of land and other property of whatever kind for the purposes of this Act.

   (4) The Board may sue and be sued in their corporate name and may for all purposes be described by such name.

   (5) The seal of the Board shall be authenticated in the manner described in Part I of the Schedule and shall be officially and judicially noticed.

4   Functions of Board

   Without prejudice to the powers conferred upon the Board by the succeeding provisions of this Act, it shall be the function of the Board-

   (a)   to estimate the number of apprentices required to be trained from time to time in particular trades to ensure that sufficient skilled workmen will be available to satisfy the requirements of industry;

   (b)   to recommend to the appropriate authorities and organisations that such steps should be taken as seem desirable to ensure that young persons are guided into suitable vocations and that there are sufficient skilled workmen to satisfy the requirements of industry:

   (c)   to establish and recommend standards of training for apprentices, and

   (d)   to recommend to the appropriate authorities and organisations the taking of such other steps (whether similar to the foregoing or not) in relation to the apprenticeship of workmen as seem to the Board desirable.

Apprenticeship Orders

5   Power of Board to make apprenticeship orders

   (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Board may from time to time as they shall think fit make apprenticeship orders regulating in respect of such trades as may be specified in such orders, all or any of the following matters-

   (a)   the minimum age at which any person may be employed as an apprentice;

   (b)   the standard of education which a person shall be required to attain for employment as an apprentice;

   (c)   the system of theoretical and practical instruction to be adopted for the training of apprentices;

   (d)   the grant to apprentices of vacation, sick and study leave;

   (e)   the probationary period to be served by apprentices;

   (f)   the period of apprenticeship;

   (g)   the minimum rates of pay and the allowances for subsistence and travelling to be paid to apprentices;

[26/1957 s 2.]

   (h)   the maximum hours of work for apprentices;

   (i)   the establishment of compulsory savings funds for apprentices, the contributions to be paid thereto by apprentices, and the application thereof;

   (j)   the establishment of a system of bonus payments to apprentices, and the conditions subject to which apprentices will be qualified to receive such payments; and

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