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
As an Apprentice, you must be paid for your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours) and also for your training that is a part of your apprenticeship (usually 1 day per week).
- Since April 1st 2018, the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.70 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 2017:
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
- aged under 19
- aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.70
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are both:
- aged 19 or over
- have completed the first year of their apprenticeship
An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.38.