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Employing an Apprentice – Funding & Grants To Pay Apprentice Wages

Employing an Apprentice in England

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job. Apprentices can be new or current employees but you must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage. Your apprentice must work with experienced staff, learn job-specific skills and be give time for training or study during their working week (at least 20% of their normal working hours).

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year and the apprentice must work towards an approved apprenticeship that involves recognised and accredited training. However apprenticeships can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

Ultimately, they must be employed in a real job that gives them the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to pass their assessment.

Pay for apprentices – You must pay apprentices at least the National Minimum Wage. There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on their age and what year of their apprenticeship they’ve completed. The contract of employment should make it clear what wage you’ll pay your apprentice and for what hours.

Aged 16 to 18 – The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in their first year – The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed their first year – Apprentices will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for their age.

If you do not want to hire and train the apprentice yourself, you can use an apprenticeship training agency. The apprentice will be employed by the agency but will work in your organisation.

Contact A1 to discuss apprenticeship grants and funding.

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