Apprenticeships (Learner)

What will I get out of an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you’ll get:

  • paid and be entitled to the National Minimum Wage
  • time for training or study as part of your apprenticeship
  • holiday pay and other employee rights

How much will I be paid as an apprentice?

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in. Your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay. Aged 16 to 18 The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. Aged 19 or over and in your first year The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age. Check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage calculator. You will be paid for:

  • your normal working hours
  • training that’s part of your apprenticeship (at least 20% of your normal working hours)
  • study towards English and maths qualifications, if they’re part of your apprenticeship
  • your normal working hours should be in your employment contract (this might be your apprenticeship agreement).
There are rules about how many hours you can work in a week and being paid overtime. If you’re studying for English and maths qualifications which are part of your apprenticeship, your employer should allow you time to study during your normal working hours.

How much of it is training?

As an apprentice, at least 20% of your normal working hours must be spent on training. Your training might happen every week, every month or in a separate block of time. The training might take place:

  • at your place of work
  • somewhere else like at a college or training provider online
Your training provider will be able to tell you when and where your training will be.

How much holiday will I get as an apprentice?

You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays. Use the holiday calculator to check holiday entitlement for apprentices.

Apprenticeships (Employers)

Do I have a genuine job for his apprentice?

A genuine job must mean:

  • The apprentice must have a contract of service with you which is long enough for them to complete the apprenticeship successfully (including the end-point assessment).
  • The cost of the apprentice’s wages must be met by you.
  • The apprentice must have a job role (or roles) with you that provides the opportunity for them to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve their apprenticeship.
  • The apprentice must have appropriate support and supervision on the job, by you, to carry out their job role.
  • Have I checked the eligibility of the apprentice?
  • The apprentice must work for you, or a connected company or charity as defined by HMRC and they must:
  • Have the right to work in England.
  • Spend at least 50% of their working hours in England.

Have I chosen a main provider and negotiated a price?

The relationship between you and the main provider is important throughout the apprenticeship. Your main provider must offer you the option of using the recruit an apprentice service for all new recruits into your business. You and your main provider must agree a price for the total cost of each apprenticeship, including the training costs and any subcontracted training. The price must include the cost of the end-point assessment which you must agree with an end-point assessment organisation.

Have I checked the duration of the apprenticeship and that prior learning has been considered?

You must make sure the apprenticeship training will last for at least one year. The standard specification or assessment plan may require this to be longer to support the delivery of the full apprenticeship content. The main provider must account for the apprentice’s prior learning because this can reduce the content and length of the apprenticeship it may also reduce the price you negotiate with them. Funds must not be used to pay for skills already attained by the apprentice.

Have I got an apprenticeship agreement with the apprentice?

An apprenticeship agreement must be signed at the start of the apprenticeship. It is used to confirm individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and yourself and is a legal requirement.

Have I got a commitment statement?

You must have a commitment statement, signed by you, the apprentice and the main provider. This is sometimes known as an individual learning plan and sets out the plan for the agreed training.

Have I recorded the apprenticeship?

If you are a levy payer, or a non-levy payer who is using reserved funds, and have an apprenticeship service account you must record the apprenticeship details. You can ask the main provider to do this for you.

Have I ensured my apprentice is on the correct wage?

Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and as a minimum at least be paid a wage consistent with the law for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and studying English and maths (if appropriate).

Have I checked on the progress of my apprentice?

You must make sure the apprentice is taking part in learning throughout the apprenticeship and has regular progress reviews that involve you and the provider.