One of the best things about being an apprentice is earning while you learn, so it makes sense that you’d want to know how much exactly can you expect to get paid as an apprentice in 2021?
The apprenticeship minimum wage
Like a regular job, an apprenticeship also receives a wage which is also governed by a national minimum wage.
The current minimum apprenticeship wage increased (April 2021) to £4.30 per hour.
However the minimum wage for an apprentice can also depend on your age and the length of the apprenticeship, for example, please see the table below.
|Age & Apprenticeship Stage||Apprenticeship Wage (per hour)|
|Aged under 18||£4.30|
|Aged over 18 (but still on the first year of your apprenticeship)||£4.30|
|Aged 18-20 (but after first year of your apprenticeship||£6.56|
As you can see, thwe wage for an apprenticeship can vary, however, many of the employers that we work with and recruit for do pay much higher than the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW), you can check out all of our latest vacancies on our Apprenticeship Vacancies page.
Here’s a couple of examples;
I’m under 19 (or in the first year of an apprenticeship)
If you are under 19 (or over 19 but in the first year of an apprenticeship) you are entitled to the national minimum wage for apprentices – £4.30. This means your first year apprentice wage must be equal at least £4.30 (per hour) in order to comply with the law.
I’m aged 19 (or older) and on the second year (or more) of my apprenticeship
After a year, your situation might change. Once you are 19 or older and in the second year of your apprenticeship your pay switches over to now be governed by the national minimum wage.
Here at YH we regularly keep in touch with you and your employer to review your progress through your apprenticeship, this can mean many apprentices receieve a salary increase even before they have completed their first year of their apprenticeship!
Earning more money
Now, you might be thinking: that doesn’t seem like very much, and, in part, you are right.
However, apprentice wages are lower than a minimum wage job because money is also being spent on your education, training and other subsidies.
Lots of forward-thinking companies have chosen to instead pay their apprentices the national living wage, in order to attract the best and most talented candidates.
This means that their workers can enjoy a better standard of living during their training, and are more likely to stay with the company after their education is complete.
While an apprenticeship wage may start out low, the qualifications and skills learnt will increase your earning potential long term. In a lot of cases this means your pay will be higher than the industry standard by the time you have completed your scheme.