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A Modern Apprentice is not an 'apprentice' in the traditional sense, so as to fall within the definition of 'employee' in the Employment Rights Act 1996(which, at s203, defines 'employee' as including anybody working under a contract of service or apprenticeship). The traditional apprenticeship involved a fixed period of training, where the apprentice would supply labour and the master would supply training.

However, the 'modern apprenticeship' system (where an individual works for an employer, but is sent out to a college or other training provider for part of the working week to be trained) qualifies as a normal contract of employment and therefore the apprentice obtains employment protection through that route.

Flett v Matheson