Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing well.
Today's blog post may SOUND a bit boring, but I promise it won't be. In fact, it's actually really quite important to anyone who is currently an apprentice or perhaps wants to be one!
Today I'm giving you a guide to your rights as an apprentice regarding your wages. Since apprenticeship starts are currently at an all-time high (there were nearly 500,000 apprenticeship starts between 2016 and 2017) I think it's important those participating know what they're entitled to.
Let's get stuck in!
The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour, but this is rising every year.
It may sound low, but you should remember that you're in training! You're learning how to do the job ON the job, so your experience will probably be minimal. Also, the average weekly wage for an apprentice is actually around £200, which is above the minimum wage. Some higher apprenticeships often pay as much as £300-£500 per week!
However, this rate only applies to apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19+ who are in the first year of their apprenticeship. Otherwise, you must be paid (at least) the minimum wage for your specific age range if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
Hours You're Paid For
In case you didn't already know, the way apprentices work is slightly different to a normal job. 80% of your time will be spent at the workplace, and 20% is spent out of the workplace, at a college or training provider (this equals to 1 day a week!)
As an apprentice, you must be paid for all days; your working hours AND your off the job training.
Like any other employee, you'll get a certain number of paid holiday days per year. You should get at least 20 per year, in addition to bank holidays.
The 'earning potential' of an apprentice is quite a broad term considering the hundreds of apprenticeships there actually are, not to mention the levels. If you're unsure about the apprenticeship levels, read our short, handy blog post about it.
Although, some stats may help you get an idea of the fantastic earning potential of an apprentice. For example, higher apprentices (levels 4+) could earn £150,000 more on average over their life compared to those with level 3 vocational qualifications.
I hope this post has been helpful to you in some way whether you're already an apprentice wondering about your pay rights, are looking to become one or are simply curious. If you're interested in getting an apprenticeship, sign up with us below and let us work our magic!