Apprenticeship Wages

As an employer of apprentices, you must ensure you’re paying them at least the National Minimum Wage for all the time they’re working. Time spent in training counts as working time. Once training time is included an apprentice’s hourly rate of pay should be at least:

  • £4.30 if they are aged under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship.
  • The national minimum wage for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship.

For an employer’s guide to paying the National Minimum Wage correctly, go to
For free and confidential advice about National Minimum Wage, call the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1160 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).