Apprentices are paid from the first day of their apprenticeship and are entitled to the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage.
The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. It is normally revised every October.
Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.
Apprentices must be paid for:
• their normal working hours (expected minimum of 30 hours per week)
• training that is part of the apprenticeship (usually 1 day per week)
Our employers are encouraged to pay their apprentice above the apprenticeship wage or offer incentives as the apprentice becomes more experienced. As a guide, if you decide to pay your apprentice the minimum apprenticeship wage you can typically expect to pay £6,000 for a 12 month programme and £9,000 for an 18 month programme.
All details of the current National Minimum Wage and holiday entitlement can be found at http://www.gov.uk