Cost and funding

An employer has to pay the Apprentice the National Minimum Wage (minimum wage of £3.40 per hour). The Apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

If the apprentice is aged 19 and/or has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship, the employer must pay the NMW appropriate for their age. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages. In fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week. More information on the National Minimum Wage rates is available here.

The Apprentice has to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Apprentices between the ages of 16-18 have their training fully funded. If an Apprentice is aged over 19 at the start of the apprenticeship the employer will be expected to make a contribution towards the cost of training.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is making £1500 grants available to support employers with 50 employees or less who wish to employ an apprentice. Employers can receive up to 5 grants in total. The incentive is also available to employers who have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months. For more information about the grant visit our Employer Age Grant page.