A Quick Guide to: Apprenticeship Pay

An apprenticeship allows young people the opportunity to earn whilst they learn, gaining them real life experience and improving their job prospects. Apprenticeships enable students to combine real-world work with studying and on-the-job training in many industries and sectors that cover a huge range of job roles. Depending on the level of apprenticeship taken, it could take between 1 and 5 years to complete.

The good news is that apprentices are paid. One of the main benefits to an apprenticeship scheme is that you will earn a salary whilst learning on the job. There is not a single rate of pay for apprentices, meaning it depends entirely on your employer and the job you will be doing. However, all apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, which for an apprentice, is currently £3.50 for apprentices aged under 19 and all apprentices, regardless of age, in their first year.

Once you are over 19 years old and have completed the first 12 months of your apprenticeship training, you will be entitled to the current National Minimum Wage, which is £6.70 per hour. It is important to note that some apprenticeships only last for one year.

As with other employees, you will be paid for your normal hours of work, as well as any training that is part of your apprentice scheme. You’ll also be entitled to at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, and will not have to work bank holidays.

It’s important to remember that whilst you may start out on the national minimum rate of pay, there is every chance for you to excel and prompt your employers to offer you a higher wage.

At GET, we offer a range of apprentice schemes in the engineering industry, providing work-based learning in the mechanical, electrical, maintenance, welding and fabrication sectors as well as a range of additional, tailor-made training programmes and services.

Take a look at our current apprenticeship vacancies here. Or, for more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the GET team via our contact page or by giving us a call on 01452 423461.