Apprenticeships // Become an apprentice

How much will I get paid?

There are strict guidelines around the minimum employers should pay their apprentices.  The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour, though employers can and often do offer more.


Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate of £3.70 per hour if they’re either:

  • aged under 19 OR
  • 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 £3.70. 

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over AND
  • 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 £7.38.

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

 

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

What does this mean in real terms?

If you are under 19 and in your first year of an apprenticeship, here are some weekly and monthly calculations as an example.  Bear in mind that many employers offer more than the minimum apprentice rate, so you may earn more than this but not less.

£3.70 per hour working full time (if doing 37.5 hours per week) you would earn: 

  • Yearly £7,215
  • Monthly £601.25 and
  • Weekly £138.75

You can find a useful online calculator which works out how much you could earn by week, month and year at https://www.thesalarycalculator.co.uk/

You also have the right to at least 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave. This works out to be 28 days in a year if you work five days per week.

Another benefit of being an apprentice is that for just £11 you can buy an apprentice extra card from the NSU (National Union of Students).  This is like a student card and entitles you to lots of discounts.  Click here for more details https://www.apprenticeextra.co.uk/

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