What is an Apprenticeship?



An apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete depending on occupation and level taken.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay

Apprenticeship Wages

As an Apprentice you must be paid for your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours) and also for your training that is apart of your apprenticeship (usually 1 day per week).

  • Since October 1st 2016 the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.40 per hour.
  • This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
  • For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies.
  • The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

These figures are just a guide as the Employer may pay more.
As of 2016: