If you are looking at apprenticeships as one of your school leaver options, you'll want to understand not only what types of apprenticeships there are, but also what you'll get paid.
You may think that apprentices just make cups of tea and get paid less than £300 per week - but you'd be surprised that the current average is above £600 per month. To be confident about how much you'll earn, we'll talk you through the minimum apprenticeship wage.
Currently, the national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour but this is increasing to £4.15 per hour in April 2020. The minimum apprenticeship wage applies to those aged 16-18, and those aged 19 or over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship. All other apprentices should be paid the national minimum wage for their age, or more.
It's good to know that the apprenticeship wage often increases and has recently seen steady increases year on year.
Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed at least one year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the national minimum wage.
This also increasing in April 2019, to £6.45 for 18-20 year olds and £8.20 if you're 21 or over.
There is also something called the "national living wage". This is basically a minimum wage for people aged 25 and over. This is increasing from £8.21 an hour to £8.72 an hour.
This can be quite confusing because the national minimum apprenticeship wage is linked to your age and how long you've been an apprentice.
Although you may think some of the pay rates seem low, many employers actually pay more than the national rate. Also don't forget that apprentices get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
If you are an apprentice, you can check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the national minimum wage calculator.
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