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The costs of taking on an apprentice


Apprenticeship Salaries

As a business you decide the salary according to the job role. An apprentice is effectively a trainee and therefore the salary is anticipated to reflect this. 

The national average apprenticeship salary is approx £13,658 but the actual salary you pay will be dependent on your sector, location and the responsibilities of the role.

The legal responsibility for businesses is to pay the National Minimum Wage, the current rate is £3.50 for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. Businesses should consider the impact on the quality and calibre of applicants and their cost of living when advertising a job role at this rate.

Examples of average national apprenticeship salaries: http://www.reed.co.uk/average-salary/apprenticeships


With the start of the apprenticeship levy, some businesses are paying into a fund to allow for more apprenticeships. If you're a business paying the levy there is funding available to you to take apprentices on.

  • Businesses who are already linked to a training provider should consult their training provider for further advice
  • Businesses who are not already linked to a training provider can complete the online enquiry form or call 08000 150 600 - an adviser will contact you to discuss the support available in more detail

Register to use the service

If you are a levy-paying employer, you can now create an account on the apprenticeship service to:

  • Receive levy funds for you to spend on apprenticeships
  • Manage your apprentices
  • Pay your training provider
  • Stop or pause payments to your training provider

If you're not a levy-paying employer, you won't be able to register for an apprenticeship service account until at least 2018. See more guidance for non-levy paying employers.

Find out more

The Government lists all information you'll need to know about the apprenticeship levy changes here.

Other costs

Employing an apprentice may incur further costs these are usually associated with your normal recruitment and employment procedures e.g. advertising, agency fees, National Insurance contributions, pension, benefits and any other on-costs. Any extra training outside of the apprenticeship may also have further fees.

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