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What can I earn?

As an apprentice you will earn a wage as you would in any other job. The starting salary for an apprentice can vary based on different factors including:

  • The level of the apprenticeship
  • The sector your job is based in e.g. retail, engineering, IT, health care, etc
  • The type of employer you are working for e.g. small business, large corporation, public or private sector
  • Your age, experience and existing qualifications

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for an apprentice who is aged 16-18 is currently £3.70 per hour. This is rising to £3.90 per hour from April 2019. This also applies to anyone aged 19 + who is in the first year of their apprenticeship.

If you’re aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for your age.

The current National Minimum Wage rates are:

Year25 and over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18Apprentice
April 2018 -March 2019£7.83£7.38£5.90£4.20£3.70
April 2019 onward£8.21£7.70£6.15£4.35£3.90

It is important to check the job advert when applying for an apprenticeship to see what the salary is. Many employers choose to pay above the NMW.

What’s in it for me?

Earning a real wage is a huge benefit of being an apprentice. In addition to this you will be trained in a subject area of your choosing and in skills that employers are looking for. As an apprentice you are likely to see a marked increase in your salary once your training is complete.

As an apprentice you are entitled to an NUS Apprenticeship Extra card which is a form of student discount especially for apprentices. This card gives you money off at over 140 high street and online retailers. Discounts are available on travel, sport, books and DVD, technology, mobile and broadband, as well as fashion, beauty and going out. To find out more visit: https://www.apprenticeextra.co.uk/