ECS Pre-apprentice card

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Card information

Potential apprentices will usually start their employment via a recognised training provider or through local contacts with an employer. Some companies may offer trial periods of work to potential apprentices to ensure that they understand the reality of working on site, the expectations of the company and allow the company to gain a better understanding of the individual and their work ethic. 

The ECS Pre-apprentice card is designed to support the employer and potential apprentice in achieving a successful probationary period before the full apprentice registration is made by the training provider.

Training providers registered with the JIB are able to make apprentice registrations at any time once the formal apprenticeship agreement is in place. 

The application for the ECS Pre-apprentice card must be made by the employer in writing stating that they have a defined pre-apprentice probationary policy in place. The employer must have access to the ECS Employer Portal in order to complete the application if granted.

Before the employer applies for the ECS Pre-apprentice card they must ensure that the potential apprentice has been provided with a suitable induction and has undertaken and passed the ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness Assessment.

The ECS Pre-apprentice card is valid for 12 months and cannot be renewed.

The JIB may refuse to allow applications for the ECS Pre-apprentice card if there is any doubt that the card will be used as it is intended.

Eligibility and requirements

The ECS Pre-apprentice card is only available following authorisation by the JIB.

The employer must ensure that the ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness Assessment has been undertaken and passed as part of a company induction.

To apply for this card the employer must make a request in writing to the JIB who will then create an application on the employers behalf that is then completed by the employer in the ECS Employer Portal.

Applications must be sent by email to  

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