The minimum that apprentices are entitled to depends on their age and length of time on a programme. Starting at £3.70 (as of April 2018) per hour – if an apprentice is under 19 or in their first year – this rises to £5.90 in the second year for those aged 18 to 20, then to £7.38 for 21-24 –year-olds, and then up to the National Living Wage of £7.83 if they are over 25.
Apprentices aged 19 must be paid the standard National Minimum Wage after 12 months. Those younger or within the first year of their programme will receive at least £3.70 an hour as of April 2018, up from the previous rate of £3.50 an hour.
Those who do get paid the minimum might be eligible to receive benefits from the government on top of their wage: it’s worth exploring the funding options out there.
Higher Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships often pay higher than the National Minimum Wage and National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage; a £16,000 starting salary, for example, with regular pay reviews just like a standard employee would receive. Some HIgher Apprenticeship employers pay as high as £23,000 per year.