Cancelling your apprenticeship/traineeship

The process to cancel an apprenticeship or traineeship varies depending on whether you are an apprentice or a  trainee.


An apprenticeship training contract has a probationary period (usually three months). Use this time to make sure you are happy with your situation and your employer is happy with your work and progress. During this period, either the apprentice or the employer can cancel the contract.

After the probationary period, both the employer and apprentice must agree before an apprenticeship training contract can be cancelled.

To mutually cancel, both you and the employer must complete the relevant forms and submit them together to your Apprenticeship Network Provider.

Apprentices to complete: Request to Cancel the Training Contract Form - apprentice form (doc - 98.5kb).

NOTE: The VRQA regulates the apprenticeship training contract, not the apprenticeship employment contract. This means that the VRQA has no power or authority to investigate or intervene when an employer decides to stop employing an apprentice or trainee. For issues relating to your employment contract see: Wages and conditions.


Either you or your employer can cancel a traineeship training contract. You don't have to agree.

Either you or your employer must submit the completed form (below) to your Apprenticeship Network Provider.

Trainee or employer to complete: Request to Cancel a Training Contract - Trainee Form (doc - 109kb)