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What is an Apprenticeship?

 
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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 a part of your apprenticeship (usually 1 day per week).
 

  • From April 2020, the National Apprenticeship wage will rise from £3.90 to £4.15 per hour. Apprentices are entitled to this rate if they are:
    Aged under 19
    Aged 19 or over and are 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 2020:
 
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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

Example

An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £4.15
 
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

Example

An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £8.20
 
 
The following rates are the previous year’s Minimum wage, for information purposes:

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