Whether you want to know how much an apprentice earns, or what qualifications apprentices get, we have the answers!
The minimum wage an apprentice can be paid is £3.50 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.
The College fees are covered through a combination of Government funding and the employer.
30-40 hours a week, including one day a week training at City College Plymouth.
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.
- Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C or 9-4)
- Level 3 (equivalent to two A levels at grades A to E)
- 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)
It really depends on the level and the framework or standard. All Apprenticeships have a minimum duration of 12 months and one day but some are up to four years depending on the vocational area and level.
A Traineeship (or Pre-Apprenticeship), is unpaid and does not involve a contract of employment. However, we do encourage employers to support trainees by covering their expenses, such as transport and meal costs. A traineeship lasts from six weeks to a maximum of three months. It can help a young person to gain the skills and experience they need to progress to a paid Apprenticeship or other employment.