Short answer: yes! You will receive a wage for doing an apprenticeship in Somerset.

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Will I Get Paid For Doing An Apprenticeship?

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18 December 2018 | by Vera Ixer | Head of Marketing & Communication

Short answer: yes! You will receive a wage for doing an apprenticeship in Somerset.

In this article, we’ve put together all of the reasons and benefits of an apprenticeship as well as information about apprenticeship wages in Somerset. At SS&L, we want to help you understand why businesses pay the wages that they do, and why you, as an apprentice, will benefit from this.

How much does an apprenticeship pay?

Every apprentice will receive a different wage because every business will pay a different wage for an apprentice. However, the current minimum apprenticeship wage, as set by the government, is £3.70 per hour. Some companies will pay more depending on your level of experience or if you already work for them and they are supporting your apprenticeship.

Taking on an apprenticeship will always be a positive experience for you and your career. Apprentices can earn over £100,000 more in a lifetime than their untrained peer group, and believe it or not, that all begins with an average wage of around £150-£170 per week.

Speak to your Somerset Skills & Learning Account Manager if you want to know more about apprenticeship wages.

How are apprenticeship wages worked out?

What you get paid as an apprentice depends on a few different factors - your age, experience, or, as mentioned, whether you work for the company already.

According to GOV.UK, apprentices under the age of 19 are paid the current minimum wage of £3.70 per hour. This rate also applies to apprentices who are aged 19 or over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship.

If you already work for the company you are doing an apprenticeship with, it is likely that they will pay you more than the minimum wage - many individuals have said that they were paid a higher amount than the minimum apprenticeship wage. According to a study done by Study At School published on the BBC News website, this is because the minimum apprenticeship wage has seen a 3% increase in the past 7 years, and trade unions often push employers to pay more than the minimum wage.

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What are the benefits of an apprenticeship wage?

Because you’re getting an education and qualification for free, the minimum apprenticeship wage is not as high as the national minimum wage. Below we’ve explored why this is and how this compares to the alternatives.

Free of charge

Unlike university, the education and qualifications you achieve through an apprenticeship are free. Rather than being saddled with a potentially large debt at the end of your apprenticeship, you will be student-loan free and will actually be earning while you’re learning. According to the National Union of Students, since 2014, 56,200 individuals have enrolled in apprenticeships after realising it is an equal and cheaper alternative to university.

Paid work experience

It’s difficult to find relevant work experience these days and yet that seems to be what employers look for when they’re recruiting. Apprenticeships solve that problem because they combine work experience with education, giving you the best of both worlds. And you get paid as well!


Apprenticeships open up doors to employment whether you are a school leaver, a parent returning to work or you’re just looking for a career change. Your apprenticeship employer could offer you the chance to continue on a high apprenticeship or even a full-time job. The combination of relevant, hands-on work experience and classroom-based theory is a powerful partnership which can open up doors to your future.

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How much tax do you have to pay when doing an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you still have to pay income tax. Although apprentices are considered neither a worker nor a student, they are still treated as employees. Therefore apprentices have to pay tax and a national insurance contribution on the money they earn just like any other employee.

Apprentices will normally be taxed through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system. This means that your employer will deduct the tax from your wages and then pay this tax to HMRC for you. You do not need to worry about completing a Self Assessment tax return or similar.

The amount of tax an apprentice has to pay depends on the amount they earn during their apprenticeship. According to GOV.UK, if you, as an apprentice, earn less than £11,850 a year, or £228.00 per week in 2018-19, you should not be taxed at all. This is called your Basic Personal Allowance.

If you become an apprentice your parents will also lose child benefits. This is because (despite attending learning programmes towards a qualification) an apprentice is no longer considered to be in full-time education.

If you are about to start an apprenticeship, we suggest that you make sure you are familiar with the tax system and with the amount of tax you are required to pay in your apprenticeship. This will prevent you from paying the wrong amount. If you have any questions about the amount of tax you have to pay, get in touch and speak to your Account Manager at SS&L about fees and funding.

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If you want to learn more about apprenticeships, read our Apprenticeships in Somerset - All Your Questions Answered article, where many other aspects are covered.

Are you thinking about taking on an apprenticeship? Take a look at our apprenticeship vacancies and apply today!

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