Offering a cost-effective solution to employing new staff, hiring an apprentice enables businesses to recruit eager employees across many sectors whilst offering apprenticeship wages.
Although the majority of employers are familiar with the rules surrounding DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks for most hires, whether supervisors managing staff on apprenticeships or any staff members working with apprentices will require a DBS check is something many businesses will need to know.
In this blog, you can find all the information you need on DBS checks for apprenticeship supervisors and other staff members within your organisation.
Will My Employees Need DBS Checks to Supervise an Apprentice?
As many apprenticeships are targeted towards individuals aged 16-18, employers will often wonder if their supervisors will require DBS checks to manage young people working as apprentices.
However, there is no legal requirement for supervisors to have DBS checks in order to fulfil their managerial role. Staff members who will be in contact with the apprentices will not need to have DBS checks either.
When an apprentice is a minor, many businesses will think they need an enhanced DBS check to supervise their apprenticeship. This is an understandable concern, given the DfE (Department for Education) guidance regarding DBS checks for teachers and staff in schools.
The main distinction between minors in schools and those on apprenticeships in other environments is that pupils are under the care of staff – so the safeguarding of children they supervise and are in contact with is paramount – whereas apprentices are employees of the business itself. So, supervisors managing apprentices are not eligible for enhanced DBS checks.
Would Another Criminal Background Check Be Available?
While supervisors and staff members in contact with apprentices are not eligible for an enhanced DBS check, employers can request a basic DBS check for their staff members and all apprentice applicants. Basic criminal background checks are available to everyone and will detail any unspent convictions an individual may have, so they can help reassure employers of the suitability of their staff members who will come into contact with apprentices.
Are There Any Exceptions?
Yes, an exception may apply under certain circumstances. For example, an apprentice’s line manager or supervisor may require an enhanced DBS check if:
- They are working in an environment where their role is likely to involve contact with children or vulnerable people who need to be safeguarded – for example in schools or social care settings.
- The apprentice is under 18 and still studying full-time, so they are regarded as a child.
While Care Check do not process basic DBS checks for individual applicants, we will process DBS checks requested by employers at competitive prices. For employers considering hiring an apprentice, DBS checks provide greater confidence around the safeguarding of young people and internal best practice.
If you have any questions about your employees’ eligibility for apprenticeship DBS checks, please contact us today on 0333 777 8575 or you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.