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Whether you want to know how much an apprentice earns, or what qualifications an apprentice could get, we have the answers!

How much does an apprentice earn?

The minimum wage an apprentice can be paid is £4.15 an hour. This rate applies if the apprentice is under 19, or in their first year of an Apprenticeship. If the apprentice is 19 or older and has completed their first year, they’ll be paid the national minimum wage for their age. Note that many organisations choose to pay their apprentices more than the minimum rate.

Apprentices are paid for both their time at work, and their time at the College. They also get 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

Who pays the College fees?

The College fees are covered through a combination of Government funding and the employer.

If your company is a levy payer (have an annual wage in excess of £3m) then the full cost of the Apprenticeship will come from their levy account. If they are not a levy payer and they employ less than 50 people, there is significant Government funding to support them with the recruitment of apprentices.

How many hours does an apprentice work each week?

30-40 hours a week, including one day a week training at City College Plymouth in some cases.

What qualifications can an apprentice achieve?

Apprenticeships are based on national frameworks and standards, which have been designed by employers to focus on the skills that businesses need. There are several levels of Apprenticeships.

Intermediate Apprenticeship:

  • Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C or 9-4)

Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 (equivalent to two A levels at grades A to E)

Higher Apprenticeship:

  • Level 4 (equivalent to a Higher National Certificate)
  • Level 5 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree)
  • Level 6 (equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Level 7 (equivalent to a Master’s Degree)
How long does an Apprenticeship last for?

It really depends on the level and the framework or standard. All Apprenticeships have a minimum duration of 12 months and one week but some are up to four years depending on the vocational area and level.

Can an existing member of staff become an apprentice?

Of course! Apprenticeships are not just for people who are starting work for the first time; they can also help adults with development throughout their whole career.

Contact our Business Engagement team on 01752 305026 or e-mail to find out more.

Any other questions? Just call us on 01752 305300 or e-mail