Apprentices

Employment facts

How much will the apprentice be paid?

A minimum wage of £4.30 per hour from 1 April 2021 (including off the job training time) must be paid to all apprentices who are under 19 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship. Individuals not falling into these categories should be paid the National Minimum Wage rate for their age band. The latest National Minimum Wage rates can be found here:

Hours worked

Employment must be for at least 30 hours per week, except in the minority of circumstances where the learner cannot complete the full 30 hours. 

Do they need a contract?

All apprentices must have a contract of employment just like other employees. Ideally, a salary should be offered which reflects the job role and the skills and experience of the candidate, whilst recognising the training opportunity being offered. It can also be helpful to consider how the apprentice's pay will increase over time.

How long will the apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships last for a minimum of 12 months. The duration of an apprenticeship depends on the framework being followed and the ability of the individual apprentice. An apprenticeship can take between one and four years depending on the level and type. As a guide an intermediate apprenticeship usually takes  around 12 months and an advanced apprenticeship around 24 months.

What happens if the apprentice leaves in relation to the Hambleton Apprentice Wage Subsidy funding? 

If the business employer terminates the apprentices' contract or the apprentice resigns;

  • between weeks 1 and 12, Hambleton District Council will recover £500 of the grant and no second instalment will be paid

  • between weeks 13 and 22 the employer will refund Hambleton District Council all the second payment of £1,000

Which businesses/individuals are eligible for the grant?

  • the grant is to support small businesses with priority given to those that employ less than 20 employees
  • they must be based in the Hambleton District, have an annual turnover not exceeding £50 million, and/or a balance sheet total under £43 million
  • have been established or operational for at least three months
  • employing a new or additional apprentice who lives within the Hambleton area, the payment cannot be used to subsidise an existing apprentice
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