Apprenticeship payPosted: 30th of March 2015 by
An apprenticeship is a job and therefore you get paid to do it.
How does an apprenticeship work?
As an apprentice you work for a company, where they offer you on-the-job training. Usually, one day a week you spend at a local college or training centre (or sometimes the trainers come to you depending on the company you are working for). On this day you will do your formal learning towards a nationally recognised qualification.
How much does an apprentice earn?
The minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16 – 18 or 19+ in the first year of their apprenticeship is £2.73 per hour, although this is set to rise to £3.30 per hour - you can read all about these changes in our article on the rise in apprenticeship wages.
Apprentice holiday pay
Apprentices are entitled to 20 days paid holiday per year plus bank holidays – so even though you get less holiday than your friends at college, university or school – it’s paid.
What if I’m an apprentice older than 19?
If you are over 19 years old and you have completed your first year as an apprentice you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, which is £5.13 if you are 19 or 20 and £6.50 if you are over 21 years old.
Many employers actually pay their apprentices much more than the minimum wage.
Why is the minimum wage less for apprentices?
As an apprentice you are not working in the same way as someone who is in full-time employment; you have yet to develop the skills needed to do the job without training and supervision.
Your future is being invested in by the employer and also by you. It’s about recognising the long-term benefits of doing an apprenticeship - a recent poll of 2,600 workers in their first jobs revealed that apprentices earn on average £4k more than graduates. They also have much more practical, hands-on and relevant experience in industry, which makes them more employable.
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