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As more employers look to take on apprentices and utilise the apprenticeship funds available, it is important to understand the rules around pay.
As an employer of apprentices, you have a legal responsibility to ensure you’re paying them at least the National Minimum Wage. Mistakes can be easy to make but there is help and advice available to get it right.
When paying your apprentices make sure you’re not making the following common minimum wage mistakes:
Employers can get help and advice on paying the correct minimum wage by:
Worker A is an apprentice, aged 18, and works 32 hours per week.
Six of these hours are spent training at college. All training time is classed as working time and must be paid. As this worker is under the age of 19, they are entitled to the apprentice rate of £4.30 per hour.
Worker B is 21 and starts a two year apprenticeship with an employer working 32 hours per week.
This worker is entitled to the apprentice rate of £4.30 per hour for the first year and then the higher National Minimum Wage rate of £8.36 for the second year.
At the current rate, worker B is entitled to be paid at least £137.60 per week during their first year and £267.52 per week during their second year of the apprenticeship.