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Wages and Funding for Apprentices

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 4 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Wages And Funding For Apprentices

The main draw of becoming an apprentice is the fact that it is possible to earn money while you are training and learning. Combining work with study means apprentices can get the best of both worlds.

It is important that apprentices make sure that they understand what they are entitled to before starting an apprenticeship. Employers will need to pay a salary and give apprentices time off in the same way that they would for any other employee.

While on an apprenticeship it may also be possible to get other funding to help you with transport or childcare costs or supplement a low income.

Wages

Taking home your first pay cheque is a great feeling and one of the best things about starting an apprenticeship. As an apprentice, it is easy to feel that your employer is doing you a favour but an apprentice is an employee and needs to be paid accordingly.

The minimum apprentices can earn is £3.40 per hour (from Oct 1, 2016) but the best idea is for an apprentice to check what similar jobs are being paid so that wages can be compared. Remember that a fresh apprentice is likely to have less skills than more experienced employees though so wages will be lower.

Funding

There may be grants or funding you can apply for locally or through private funders so ask your college or jobcentre about opportunities that are available.

Benefits

Like anyone who is on a low income, apprentices may be eligible to get benefits from the government. These are in place to help people who do not earn much and it is worth finding out what you may be entitled to.

There are a variety of different benefits available such as housing, council tax or low income allowances. Additionally if apprentices have children they can probably claim child tax benefits and may be able to get help with childcare costs. Contact your local jobcentre to find out more.

Payrise

Obviously it is not advisable to start asking for a payrise in your first week but as apprentices develop more skills and understanding of the industry it is reasonable to discuss money. Apprenticeships are all about learning and training and this will inevitably make apprentices better at their job and more valuable to the company.

Employers should be open to discussing wages if the apprentice can prove their commitment, development and value. Apprentices should offer solid examples of how they improved and why they have become more important to the company. Be reasonable about any requests and see if both parties can leave feeling satisfied.

Apprentices are taking a big step towards gaining skills and qualifications that will help their careers and deserve to be paid reasonably while they are training. Employers should offer competitive wages and be willing to discuss payrises as apprentices progress. Also, make sure that you check what benefits and funding you may be entitled to on top of your salary.

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My son had a 4 year electrical apprenticeship but after 6 months the company went into liquidation.Is my son entitled to any benefits.
aog123 - 4-Oct-17 @ 2:25 PM
Dave - Your Question:
I just wanted to know if my son who is 18 gets an apprenticeships that £131a week will he be entitled to any benefits as well , we live in a council house.as that wage is low will he be entitled to any benefits.

Our Response:
It is highly unlikely your son would be entitled to claim any benefits on top of his wage. You can see more via the Turn2Us site here.
AnApprenticeship - 29-Sep-17 @ 12:29 PM
I just wanted to know if my son who is 18 gets an apprenticeships that £131 a week will he be entitled to any benefits as well , we live in a council house. as that wage is low will he be entitled to any benefits .
Dave - 28-Sep-17 @ 6:54 PM
Ness - Your Question:
My daughter took an apprenticeship at a hairdressers with in house training for City and Guilds Level two. After 9 months of me asking for confirmation of theory training and my daughter being used as cheap labour she found another apprenticeship through a college. She has now found out that a year of her city and guilds funding has been lost as the previous salon has taken it and not given her any theory training. Therefore she is having to complete a two year course in one year! I am so cross but do not know who to complain to. She has very mild learning difficulties and needs to also achieve a level 1 functional maths as well as her hairdressing NVQ, luckily she managed to pass her English GCSE. There may not be any way that I can get back the year training that she has lost but I would hate to think of anyone else being treated in this way.

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. You can complain via the gov.uk link here .
AnApprenticeship - 22-Sep-17 @ 2:45 PM
My Son lives with me at home and has just started an apprenticeship where he is paid £570 a month so £135 a week, my child tax & child benefit has stopped which I expected but does anyone know if and if so how much (estimate) my housing benefit would be deducted or even stopped. He’s offered to pay but £540 a month is hardly a high wage so I dont think i’ll be taking money from him. Just need to add this to my quarterly budget.
Raz1 - 20-Sep-17 @ 5:51 PM
My daughter took an apprenticeship at a hairdressers with in house training for City and Guilds Level two.After 9 months of me asking for confirmation of theory training and my daughter being used as cheap labour she found another apprenticeship through a college.She has now found out that a year of her city and guilds funding has been lost as the previous salon has taken it and not given her any theory training.Therefore she is having to complete a two year course in one year!I am so cross but do not know who to complain to. She has very mild learning difficulties and needs to also achieve a level 1 functional maths as well as her hairdressing NVQ, luckily she managed to pass her English GCSE. There may not be any way that I can get back the year training that she has lost but I would hate to think of anyone else being treated in this way.
Ness - 18-Sep-17 @ 9:19 PM
nina - Your Question:
My son is about to start 2 year apprenticeship wages £175. And me & my hubby are on benefits does effected them & do I have to pay rent & council tax, when he start his apprenticeship and who's liability to pay the rent & council tax

Our Response:
Once a child begins an apprenticeship, the parent’s are treated as having a non-dependant adult living in their household and child benefit will end. Once child benefit ends, this is will affect any other benefit that the family may be in receipt of such as housing and/or council tax benefit. You would have to speak directly to DWP to see how this may affect you.
AnApprenticeship - 15-Sep-17 @ 3:19 PM
Kim - Your Question:
My son will be 22 shortly he's had various jobs since leaving school, all have been minimum wage and he's been treated badly by quite a few companies. He's applied for an apprenticeship and been accepted,as he wants to get qualifications, we are not sure what the wages are but if it's 3.50 he will struggle, as the wage will only be 137.00 he still lives with me and his Dad but we aren't rolling in money and he as to pay his way. He's got a car and needs that to get to work would he be entitled to any benefits, just to get him through the first year.

Our Response:
I'm afraid not. Apprenticeship wages are renowned for being low, so if he signs a contract with the company, then he accepts the wage at that level. There are no top-up benefits unless possibly if you live away from home where there are 'certain' circumstances where he may be able to claim housing benefit. As your son is 22, then once he has worked for a year and he is still on the same apprenticeship, he should be entitled the minimum wage for his age.
AnApprenticeship - 15-Sep-17 @ 12:00 PM
My son will be 22 shortly he's had various jobs since leaving school, all have been minimum wage and he's been treated badly by quite a few companies. He's applied for an apprenticeship and been accepted,as he wants to get qualifications,we are not sure what the wages are but if it's 3.50 he will struggle, as the wage will only be 137.00 he still lives with me and his Dad but we aren't rolling in money and he as to pay his way. He's got a car and needs that to get to work would he be entitled to any benefits, just to get him through the first year.
Kim - 14-Sep-17 @ 4:06 PM
my son is about to start 2 year apprenticeship wages £175. And me & my hubby are on benefits does effected them & do i have to pay rent & council tax, when he start his apprenticeship and who's liabilityto paythe rent & council tax
nina - 8-Sep-17 @ 2:51 PM
Kim - Your Question:
Hi My son is 23 and just started an apprenticeship on £3.50 per hour, he lives away from home in a shared house and has to pay all his own bills, rent etc is there any benefit he can claim

Our Response:
He may be able to claim housing benefit depending upon whether he rents from the council, privately or live with close family members. The Turn2Us link here.
AnApprenticeship - 7-Sep-17 @ 12:23 PM
Hi My son is 23 and just started an apprenticeship on £3.50 per hour, he lives away from home in a shared house and has to pay all his own bills, rent etc is there any benefit he can claim
Kim - 6-Sep-17 @ 7:49 PM
Miney - Your Question:
Hi, my 18yr old daughter started an accounts apprenticeship last September, in march she had a baby. She did not know she was pregnant at the time of starting her apprenticeship. She now wants to continue but we don't know if she can get any help with childcare costs? Advice please?

Our Response:
Your daughter may wish to speak to the National Careers Service directly, please see link here and/or JobCentre Plus. Much will depend upon how much she is earning via the apprenticeship. She may be able to get some help, but there would be a difference regarding what she may be entitled to between a training apprenticeship and a job-based one.
AnApprenticeship - 4-Sep-17 @ 11:57 AM
Hi, my 18yr old daughter started an accounts apprenticeship last September, in march she had a baby. She did not know she was pregnant at the time of starting her apprenticeship. She now wants to continue but we don't know if she can get any help with childcare costs? Advice please?
Miney - 3-Sep-17 @ 5:27 PM
My son has signed for carpentry and joinery apprenticeship with a family friend. All my help with tax credits and child benefit have stopped but my son has not started work yet as for past four weeks various reasons from employer as to why he can't. My question is does my son have to be paid weekly from date of signing apprentice contract or is it from time he starts working.. bearing in mind I'm now receiving no support for him and we have had no paperwork from college or employer informing my son of the basics...wage hours etc
Claire - 2-Sep-17 @ 3:00 PM
Nik - Your Question:
My 18 yr old daughter is starting her apprenticeship at an old people's home in September, she lives at home with myself , husband and two younger children and until end of July we were getting housing benefits council tax , child tax and working tax as husband is in a low income , we have dropped a lot of money and are struggling financially , is there anything we can do ? Her wage is £3.40 hour Thank you

Our Response:
If your daughter is considering an apprenticeship it means you are considered to have a non-dependant adult living in your household. Once the parents lose entitlement to Child Benefit for a child, this will affect any other benefit your family may be in receipt of. You may be able to find out more via the Turn2us link here.
AnApprenticeship - 24-Aug-17 @ 10:50 AM
My 18 yr old daughter is starting her apprenticeship at an old people's home in September, she lives at home with myself , husband and two younger children and until end of July we were getting housing benefits council tax , child tax and working tax as husband is in a low income , we have dropped a lot of money and are struggling financially , is there anything we can do ? Her wage is £3.40 hour Thank you
Nik - 23-Aug-17 @ 1:31 AM
cloudy - Your Question:
My brother is 19, he makes £120 per week but has to spend £50 on traveling to work and back. How can he get reimbursement for travel expenses?

Our Response:
I'm afraid he is not entitled to reimbursement for travel. Factoring transport costs in ahead of taking the job is always a good idea when taking on an apprenticeship, purely because of the low wages. Once your brother is in his second year and he has been on his apprenticeship for a year, because he is 19 he will be allowed to claim the minimum wage for his age from his employer, please see link here.
AnApprenticeship - 21-Aug-17 @ 4:09 PM
my brother is 19, he makes £120 per week but has to spend £50 on traveling to work and back. How can he get reimbursement for travel expenses?
cloudy - 18-Aug-17 @ 1:20 PM
I'm starting an apprenticeship in September as a teaching assistant. How does pay work within a school environment? I know I'll be paid term time only, but they work it out so I get paid all year round (pro rata) how many weeks out of the academic year should I be paid for?
Alex - 17-Aug-17 @ 1:26 PM
Hi i a 24 and i have just started my apprenticeship in barbering and i was wondering if i am entitled to any type of extra funding to pay for my barbering equipment ?
julezz - 17-Aug-17 @ 12:02 PM
Worried - Your Question:
My 19 yr old grandson is an apprentice. He has just passed his driving test and has a little car. His car insurance allows limited mileage and he has a black box in it to record his driving. His firm now tells him he has to travel 30 miles daily to a different site. Not only can he not afford it on his apprentice wage but his mileage will exceed on his insurance for the car and his car is only a cheap rinabout. Can they make him do this journey in his own vehicle with no petrol help?

Our Response:
The only recourse your son has is to speak to his employer directly about this. He also needs to read his apprenticeship contract to see whether there is a clause in the contract that allows his employer to relocate him. Employees with a 'mobility clause' in their contract have to move unless the request is deemed unreasonable. Employees who do not have a mobility clause in their contract can choose whether or not to relocate, or at least come to a negotiated agreement with their employer. It could also be classed as discriminatory to select some staff to move, without giving a special allowance, while other employees remain. If you have any further questions with regards to your son's rights, then your son should speak directly to ACAS. I hope this helps.
AnApprenticeship - 11-Aug-17 @ 9:54 AM
My 19 yr old grandson is an apprentice. He has just passed his driving test and has a little car. His car insurance allows limited mileage and he has a black box in it to record his driving.His firm now tells him he has to travel 30 miles daily to a different site.Not only can he not afford it on his apprentice wage but his mileage will exceed on his insurance for the car and his car is only a cheap rinabout. Can they make him do this journey in his own vehicle with no petrol help?
Worried - 10-Aug-17 @ 2:52 PM
Luke - Your Question:
Hi, be just started mate apprenticeship as a commercial salesmen at Stoneacre, whilst I was looking through documents it mentioned a little about NMW/NWL top up payments, can someone explain what these are, I've googled there and can't find and explanation Thanks

Our Response:
These are the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates for your age, please see link here . I'm not sure what 'top ups' mean, you may wish to ask your employer directly.
AnApprenticeship - 8-Aug-17 @ 12:52 PM
Hi, be just started mate apprenticeship as a commercial salesmen at Stoneacre, whilst I was looking through documents it mentioned a little about NMW/NWL top up payments, can someone explain what these are, I've googled there and can't find and explanation Thanks
Luke - 7-Aug-17 @ 4:07 PM
K4te75 - Your Question:
Hi, my son is 17 and started an electrical apprenticeship in Feb for a really great company. He's enjoying it and they are very fair with him. He is earning £3.75 per hour and I was wondering if there are grants available for tools, as he's just spent £150 buying new tools he needs and there are still a lot more he has to get?

Our Response:
There are no specific grants for buying tools. Some employers set-up tool purchasing plans to help apprentices manage their tool purchases in a controlled way, you can see more via the Apprentice Zone link here . Also, buying them second-hand through the likes of eBay and/or at car boots sales can help save money.
AnApprenticeship - 7-Aug-17 @ 11:59 AM
Hi, my son is 17 and started an electrical apprenticeship in Feb for a really great company. He's enjoying it and they are very fair with him. He is earning £3.75 per hour and I was wondering if there are grants available for tools, as he's just spent £150 buying new tools he needs and there are still a lot more he has to get?
K4te75 - 5-Aug-17 @ 7:23 AM
I am currently on an apprenticeship and I'm approaching the end of my first year. Basically I was wondering, I know that after my first year my wage should increase to standard minimum wage but I started mid way through a month, so would I get half and half pay for that month or just be paid an apprentice wage? Any feedback would be great, cheers.
Ryan - 3-Aug-17 @ 9:53 AM
Tash - Your Question:
My son Is suppose to be doing an apprenticeship with a building company to become a joiner. He is being paid £3.40 an hour , which his fine however there is no trading program in place and they won't put him through college until he had been there a year. Can they do this , as. He is just being used as a labourer. Should he be being paid more. He has just had an injury at work and had to take two weeks off work , they hardly paid him for his time off. I could really do with some advice as I don't know where he stands. His only just turned 18 and they have had him working over 40 hours and starting before 7 am. Please help ! Thanks

Our Response:
Your son would have to read his employment contract regarding sick pay. You can calculate SSP via the link here . As employees, apprentices would normally be expected to work for at least 30 hours per week and/or up to 48 (including training). Again, the contract will explain whether he is doing on-the-job training and it will also inform your son what he has agreed to in principle by signing it.
AnApprenticeship - 1-Aug-17 @ 2:08 PM
My son Is suppose to be doing an apprenticeship with a building company to become a joiner . He is being paid £3.40 an hour , which his fine however there is no trading program in place and they won't put him through college until he had been there a year . Can they do this , as. He is just being used as a labourer . Should he be being paid more . He has just had an injury at work and had to take two weeks off work , they hardly paid him for his time off . I could really do with some advice as I don't know where he stands . His only just turned 18 and they have had him working over 40 hours and starting before 7 am . Please help ! Thanks
Tash - 31-Jul-17 @ 8:35 PM
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