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Here are some of the frequently asked questions by employers regarding Apprenticeships.

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How much will I need to pay my apprentice? +

If your apprentice is under 19, you will need to pay them the apprentice minimum wage which is currently £3.40 per hour. You are free to pay your apprentice above this minimum wage and many employers increase wages as skills develop.

If your apprentice is 19 when they have completed the first year of their Apprenticeship, you will need to pay them at least the full National Minimum Wage. More details on the National Minimum Wage can be found here.

Will I receive any funding to help with taking on an apprentice? +

You will usually be entitled to funding from the Skills Funding Agency to help with costs of the training.

How long does an Apprenticeship take? +

There is no set length for an Apprenticeship. It will depend on the qualifications your apprentice takes and the industry you’re in. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years.

Is there an age limit for Apprenticeships? +

No, Apprenticeships are available to anyone after leaving full-time education at 16.

How many hours will my apprentice work per week? +

Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week and no more than 40 hours a week.

Do I need to give my apprentice holidays? +

Yes. Like any other employee, you will need to give your apprentice at least 20 days’ paid holiday per year plus Bank Holidays.

Is there a cost for me? +

All Apprentices must receive a wage. Other costs will incur for things such as supervision, mentoring and support for your apprentice. However, the National Apprenticeship Service match employer’s commitment to hiring an apprentice and therefore help to cover the training costs in part or full.

You can visit the Apprenticeship website here for more information.

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