An Employment Tribunal has awarded £25,000 in compensation to an apprentice roof tiler after his apprenticeship was ended early.
His employer terminated his employment in breach of contract when he had 122 weeks left to run of a four year apprenticeship. The Tribunal noted that he would have been paid £24,217 if he had worked for the remainder of his apprenticeship.
It was also acknowledged that he would be disadvantaged by not obtaining his roofing qualification and thereby increased compensation to the maximum £25,000 which can be awarded by Employment Tribunals for breach of contract.
It is notable, however, that the employer had not entered a defence to the breach of contract claim.