How much apprentices earn depends on their age and on how far into their apprenticeship they are.
I’m 16, what will I earn on an apprenticeship?
If you are between 16 and 19 you will earn a minimum of £3.40 per hour as an apprentice.
I’m 19, what will I earn on an apprenticeship?
If you are 19 years old or over and you are in the first year of your apprenticeship you will earn a minimum of £3.40 per hour.
I’m 19 and in the second year of my apprenticeship, what should I be earning?
If you are 19 or over and you are in the second or more year of your apprenticeship you are entitled to the minimum rate of pay appropriate for your age – for example, if you are 19 or 20 then you are entitled to £5.55 per hour, if you are between 21 and 24, you should be being paid a minimum of £6.95 an hour, and if you are 25 and over, you are entitled to £7.20 per hour.
Why do I get paid less as an apprentice?
The apprentice wage is intended to reflect the fact that you are still learning, albeit on the job. You will be released, probably one day a week in order to do some off-the-job training. This might be done ‘in-house’ if the company that you work for has the capability to do this or you might attend a college, training provider organisation or university to do this.
If you were simply studying for a qualification full time, you wouldn’t be being paid anything although you might be able to study and hold a part-time job in order to bring in some cash.
Getting the most out of your apprenticeship
In order to maximise your gains on an apprenticeship it is worth looking for an apprenticeship which includes gaining a qualification – not all apprenticeships do this, so if you are concerned that you want to get as much out of your apprenticeship as possible to make up for the fact that you will be earning a lower rate of pay than that of a regular employee then go for one with a nationally recognised qualification attached to it. You can find a list of these standards in our apprenticeships section.