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I'm on an Apprenticeship that's due to end this month (after Xmas I assume) and I have been doing web development but the thing is I don't enjoy web development any more and I have plans to take a few months time to sort my health out and my life, but I've been told I am not leaving, which was not stated in my contract when I started here.   

 

I feel like a prisoner being forced to do things I don't want to do.   It makes me feel miserable everyday.  I don't want to be a web developer any more and people never listen to me. 

 

What can I do?

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Is it a paid apprenticeship?

I would read over the terms of the contract. Apprenticeships should have a termination date, I believe. Mine did. Your contract should also have something about termination rights. You would be able to hand in your notice, but you would need to see how much notice you need to give the company.

Ultimately, they cannot keep you there indefinitely. Apprenticeships and jobs don't work like that.

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Hello,

but I've been told I am not leaving, which was not stated in my contract when I started here.   

 

I feel like a prisoner being forced to do things I don't want to do.

You could.....not go???

Paided or unpaid, it doesnt really matter. If you dont go, either:

1: They fire you.

2: You dont pass the course.

About #2, you if its a apprenticeship (if its to pass a course, its problably unpaid) you should keep going (also builds responibility) and do the min. You dont have to do it right as you are "learning" but have to do SOMETHING and you will pass.

people never listen to me.

illage3, meet real life. Real life, meet illage3.

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Is it a paid apprenticeship?

I would read over the terms of the contract. Apprenticeships should have a termination date, I believe. Mine did. Your contract should also have something about termination rights. You would be able to hand in your notice, but you would need to see how much notice you need to give the company.

Ultimately, they cannot keep you there indefinitely. Apprenticeships and jobs don't work like that.

Yeah I'm getting paid. They want to "Help" me find another job but really all they want from me is free tech support, as I said I never had any say in this matter, never have any say in anything to be honest. 

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Yeah I'm getting paid. They want to "Help" me find another job but really all they want from me is free tech support, as I said I never had any say in this matter, never have any say in anything to be honest.

But you do have a say, even if you think you don't. It's a matter of reading through your contract and seeing what responsibilities you have agreed to, as well as working dates. Once the end date has been reached the contract is complete, and in order for the company to keep you they need to write up a new contract that you then need to agree to. Again, they cannot keep you indefinitely.

The idea that you do not have a say in the matter isn't correct, it may just feel like it. I've had to sit my bosses down a couple of times over the years when I've felt like I wasn't being heard, and I've made my position very clear with them.

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But you do have a say, even if you think you don't. It's a matter of reading through your contract and seeing what responsibilities you have agreed to, as well as working dates. Once the end date has been reached the contract is complete, and in order for the company to keep you they need to write up a new contract that you then need to agree to. Again, they cannot keep you indefinitely.

The idea that you do not have a say in the matter isn't correct, it may just feel like it. I've had to sit my bosses down a couple of times over the years when I've felt like I wasn't being heard, and I've made my position very clear with them.

Might have to take a look at the contract again.  Thanks :)

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What can I do?

 

The whole point of doing an apprenticeship is to get your foot in the door along with some experience.

 

If I were you, I'd think about some other new skill that you want to develop (since web development isn't your thing any more) and see if there's a demand for this skill at your current company.

 

You should just talk to your manager, explain your situation. They've gotten to know you by now and it seems to me that they like you and don't want to lose you. Remember, everything is negotiable.

 

So, what is it that you'd like to be doing?

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They cannot force you to work for them, however if they are keen to keep you on after the apprenticeship has finished you must be doing something right!

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The whole point of doing an apprenticeship is to get your foot in the door along with some experience.

 

If I were you, I'd think about some other new skill that you want to develop (since web development isn't your thing any more) and see if there's a demand for this skill at your current company.

 

You should just talk to your manager, explain your situation. They've gotten to know you by now and it seems to me that they like you and don't want to lose you. Remember, everything is negotiable.

 

So, what is it that you'd like to be doing?

Something along the lines of training people to use IT systems. 

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They cannot force you to work for them, however if they are keen to keep you on after the apprenticeship has finished you must be doing something right!

Its under the guise of "Helping me with me future", basically they want me to work somewhere else, me leaving might be bad PR for the company, but that isn't my concern. So they don't want to keep me.

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If you think your being forced into a job you don't want to do, then you can just get up and leave anytime you want to. No matter if it's a contract or not. It's illegel and a direct violation of human rights.

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If you think your being forced into a job you don't want to do, then you can just get up and leave anytime you want to. No matter if it's a contract or not. It's illegel and a direct violation of human rights.

Except when he needs it to pass a course...

 

Good luck dude, if anything, you have learned how some companies can take advantage. Take something out of this to prepare yourself for the future, life is full of things you don't want to do.. as long as it doesn't become the norm in the future! As you say it's only until the end of the month..

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Turn up for work naked.

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Hello,

Turn up for work naked.

Except thats illegal.......others things that have been mentioned here that he should do, arent illegal....

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I'm on an Apprenticeship that's due to end this month (after Xmas I assume) and I have been doing web development but the thing is I don't enjoy web development any more and I have plans to take a few months time to sort my health out and my life, but I've been told I am not leaving, which was not stated in my contract when I started here.   

 

I feel like a prisoner being forced to do things I don't want to do.   It makes me feel miserable everyday.  I don't want to be a web developer any more and people never listen to me. 

 

What can I do?

Do what is asked that is written into your legally binding terms of employment you and whomever is supposed to sign.

 

If you get the sack, then one you're out of it and two, sue them for every penny and employment tribunal can get. 

 

If you don't want to do what you are contracted to do, then they can sue you.

 

If you contract is finished, then do a Bosman and leave.

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Well I can't leave. :( if I leave after my contract I'll get no Job seekers allowance which means I'll have no money.  With the job market the way it is, I'll be here until I'm about 60.   So regardless of contract or not, no choice.

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Hello,

Well I can't leave. :( if I leave after my contract I'll get no Job seekers allowance which means I'll have no money.  With the job market the way it is, I'll be here until I'm about 60.   So regardless of contract or not, no choice.

There are other jobs in different companies in the world in the same or different sector....

Noone is at the same job or the same company straight thruout their all their life.

And do what everyone does: Get your next monthly paid check and leave. You'll have some money.

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this is kind of a 'damned if you do, damned if you dont' situation.

 

if i were you, i'd finish the contract and move on. it's clear that the company doesnt really care about you (not surprising). Just leave and find what you want to do... that, or keep working a dumb job while you look for a new job.

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Its under the guise of "Helping me with me future", basically they want me to work somewhere else, me leaving might be bad PR for the company, but that isn't my concern. So they don't want to keep me.

 

How is an apprentice leaving 'bad Public Relations for the company'?

That simply doesn't make sense.

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Well I can't leave. :( if I leave after my contract I'll get no Job seekers allowance which means I'll have no money.  With the job market the way it is, I'll be here until I'm about 60.   So regardless of contract or not, no choice.

Wait, what? Where did you get that information from? I would imagine that it's in the name, Job Seekers Allowance, meaning that you get an allowance while searching for a job. Check here for the details on eligibility. No where there does it say anything about having left your previous employment or being fired, so you could leave tomorrow and so long as you can prove that you are looking for another job you would be eligible, no?

EDIT: While I used to live in the UK, I admit that I didn't go on to JSA, so I may be wrong. I'm just going off of the information that I've found, and given that it's the official site for this sort of information I would say it's pretty accurate. You could also just phone up the JSA office and explain your situation, see what they say.

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Something along the lines of training people to use IT systems. 

 

That's great! 

 

Unfortunately, I don't think it's something that your company would want unless it's very big. But, on the plus side, it's a very marketable skill!

 

So, how about starting your own IT consulting company? You could become your own boss :)

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Wait, what? Where did you get that information from? I would imagine that it's in the name, Job Seekers Allowance, meaning that you get an allowance while searching for a job. Check here for the details on eligibility. No where there does it say anything about having left your previous employment or being fired, so you could leave tomorrow and so long as you can prove that you are looking for another job you would be eligible, no?

EDIT: While I used to live in the UK, I admit that I didn't go on to JSA, so I may be wrong. I'm just going off of the information that I've found, and given that it's the official site for this sort of information I would say it's pretty accurate. You could also just phone up the JSA office and explain your situation, see what they say.

 

 

If you leave employment for no reason i.e.e not sacked etc then you dont get JSA for 6 months if i recall

 

the way they look at it is if you can just up and leave the job then why should they pay you to not work

 

I agree being honest

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Well I can't leave. :( if I leave after my contract I'll get no Job seekers allowance which means I'll have no money.  With the job market the way it is, I'll be here until I'm about 60.   So regardless of contract or not, no choice.

Well do what I had to do when I was at college, sweep factory floors, serve in Casey Jones, do the night shift at 7-11, stack shelves in a supermarket, working in a chemist etcetera.

 

You ca do this till something better comes along.

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If you leave employment for no reason i.e.e not sacked etc then you dont get JSA for 6 months if i recall

 

the way they look at it is if you can just up and leave the job then why should they pay you to not work

 

I agree being honest

Just read it up some more.  You can still get JSA if you provide a suitable reason for leaving, and if you don't you lose JSA for 6 - 26 weeks.  I guess not being happy and my health concerns aren't a good enough reason.   I can and I will try and negotiate, as it stands at the moment I don't feel like I should be doing this full time as most of the time I just sit here doing nothing at all, if I can I'll try and turn this into a part time job, I'll still have money and more time to look for something else.

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Oh you dislike the job you are being asked to do?

 

There's a support group for people in that situation, it's called "the pub".  Welcome to the world.

 

Now look, a few rules I have worked by:

 

1) Never let anyone ever treat you like you don't matter

2) Never leave a job until you have another lined up

3) Nothing is forever

4) Everything is negotiable

5) Act like a wet blanket and you deserve to be treated like one

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