Essentially, an Apprenticeship is a full-time job with training, both on and off the job. Once completed, the apprentice has both the technical, knowledge and practical skills and displays the behaviors and attitude to be able to progress in their chosen career path.
Like any other employees, apprentices earn a wage while they train and accrue paid holidays of at least 20 days per year, plus bank holidays.
The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of an apprenticeship.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours, the training they undertake as part of their apprenticeship and their holiday.
Many organisations pay above the minimum wage and offer incentives throughout the apprenticeship.