Before Committing to hiring (or taking part in) an apprenticeship, it’s important to understand the legalities, and more importantly, the wages. The salary an apprentice earns depends entirely on age, the level of apprenticeship and what you as the employer decide to pay. The pay must however be at least the minimum wage for Apprentices. Currently, the minimum wage for an intermediate or advanced apprentice is £4.30 an hour. This minimum wage applies to apprentices aged 16-18 and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship wage is reviewed every April. Prior to April 2021, the minimum wage was £4.15 per hour. That figure continues to rise as employers see more of the value and importance of apprenticeships.
Apprentices in their second year of an apprenticeship are entitled to the minimum wage of £6.56, for 18–20-year-olds, and £8.36 if they’re 21 or over.
If an apprentice is 25+ they will be entitled to the “National Living Wage”. This is an obligatory minimum wage of £8.91, payable to workers throughout the UK aged 25 and over, which was introduced in April 2016.
Yes. The apprenticeship wage gets reviewed every year in April, and the wage has once again been increased. The minimum wage increases each year in line with the annual wage rise so make sure you’re paying your apprentices correctly.
The national living wage for apprentices aged 25 and over has also increased from £8.72 to £8.91. A 2.2% increase. The rates constantly grow as the value of apprenticeships become more apparent to employers. As an employer you can pay your apprentice anything above this minimum; there tends to be a correlation between a higher wage and staff loyalty and turnover.
When you hire an apprentice, as with any other employee, there are certain legal obligations you have as an employer. Taking on an apprentice is very similar to hiring any other member of staff; it is a type of employment contract, and apprentices will have all the same rights and benefits as other employees. This will include following the minimum wage standards and making sure everyone is being paid correctly, according to their age bracket.
There are also agreements that the apprentice, training provider and employer will need to go over. Apprentices must be contracted to work at least 30 hours per week.
Apprentices must be offered the same rights and conditions as other employees working in similar roles. These include:
- Paid Holidays
- Sick Pay
- Any benefits offered such as childcare voucher schemes
- Support such as coaching or mentoring
- Apprenticeship Minimum Wage
Here at Capital4Training, we want to make sure that you know what you should be paying your employees and apprentices, and you also know how much you are entitled to, and what your rights are.
With Capital4Training by your side, you will be kept on the right track.
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