Version 1 of the Handbook was published on 16 September 2011, and was superseded by Version 2 on 23 December 2011. For more information, click "History" above.
The part-time training contract must only be commenced if:
you have satisfactorily completed the LPC;
you will be working part-time;
you will be working no less than two and a half days per week (or the equivalent), therefore the total time spent training will not exceed four years;
the total period of service is no less than would be served if you were in full-time employment and receiving training under a two year full-time training contract; and
we are satisfied that adequate training can be given.
The guidance note that appears below regulation 20 is also applicable to part-time training contracts.
The total length of time spent in the part-time training contract depends on the usual number of days and hours you work each week (not including overtime or weekend work). The full-time training contract, if you were to work five days per week, seven hours per day, is for two years (or 730 days). For example, if you work:
two and a half days per week, the period is four years (1,460 days)
three days per week, the period is three years and four months (1,216 days)
four days per week, the period is two years and six months (913 days).
The above examples are based around working seven hours per day. If you work five days per week but at reduced hours, your total time spent training will be calculated accordingly.