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Apprentice wages are increasing!

Posted 6th April 2023

As of April 1st, Apprentice wages have increased from £4.81 to £5.28 per hour! This is fantastic news for existing learners and those looking to start their Apprenticeship this year.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for you to earn and learn in your chosen field, getting hands on experience. You will step straight onto the job ladder, surrounded by experienced colleagues who will assist you in your journey.


Apprentice Wages

After 12 months in your apprenticeship your wage will increase depending on your age. Your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay and reflect the following from the 1st April 2023;

After 12 months on Apprentice wage of £5.28 an hour the National Minimum Wage will be:

Age National Minimum Wage per hour
23+ Years £10.42
21 – 22 Years £10.18
18 – 20 Years £7.49
16 – 17 Years £5.28

Use the official National Minimum Wage and Living Wage calculator to ensure you are being paid the minimum wage after 12 months paid at the apprenticeship wage of £5.28.


What Hours are Apprentices Paid For?

Your Apprenticeship wages will include being paid for:

  • Your normal working hours (this will be minimum 30 hours a week with System People)
  • Training that’s part of your apprenticeship (at least 20% of your normal working hours)
  • Study towards English and maths qualifications, if they’re part of your Apprenticeship


How Many Hours are Spent Training?

While you are doing your Apprenticeship, at least 20% of your normal working hours must be spent training. At System People, this will take place at our Carlisle office with face-to-face training 2 days per month and on our online portal OLLIE.


How Many Holidays Do Apprentices Get?

Apprentices will get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays. Due to the nature of working in schools, this breaks down into Directed Time and Non-Directed Time to account for when schools are on break. This does mean that educators often don’t get holidays in the traditional sense, but rather when they fall in the academic year.

This will be broken down in your contract, or use this holiday calculator to check holiday entitlement for Apprentices.