Apprenticeships are job specific. They are achieved through a mixture of on and off the job training. They lead to qualifications and key skills. In most cases, they lead to a technical certificate. Apprentices can either be:
- employed and receiving a wage from the employer or
- linked to an employer through a learning provider
Employed apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour.
This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
Check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the national minimum wage calculator.
For more information about apprenticeships, visit the national apprenticeships website.