Everything you need to know about changes to apprenticeship wage.

Apprenticeship wages are increasing

For a number of years, the amount of money that apprentices earn has been a sensitive subject within government.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has slowly been increasing wages for apprentices. In October 2014, the department raised the wage by 5p to £2.73 an hour, but this failed to satisfy industry supporters.

From 1 October 2015, the apprenticeship sector experienced its biggest ever rise in wages, increasing from £2.73 an hour to £3.30. This happened alongside the increase in the adult minimum wage, which grew from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour.

Not all apprenticeships stick to the national minimum wage

If earning £3.30 an hour still doesn’t seem like enough for you to live on, don’t fret. Employers usually pay their apprentices a wage much higher than this. It is estimated that on average, apprentices earn £170 a week.

If you’re 19 or older, your wage is definitely set to increase. After your first year as an apprentice, your employer is obligated to pay you the national minimum wage, which is £5.30 for those aged 18 to 20.