Information for apprentices 16-18

Hiring an apprentice costs less than you might expect

If an apprentice is aged 16–18 at the start of the apprenticeship, 100 per cent of the funding for tuition will be paid for by the government. You don’t pay anything.

Apprentices are entitled to at least £3.30 pay per hour if they are under 19 or in the first year of the apprenticeship. After that, apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age bracket.
For those who train on an apprentice as part of the career progression, we would expect normal employment terms and conditions to remain unchanged, including salary.

Find out more about apprenticeships for over 18s.