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Costs and Funding


The Government provides the funds to cover the full cost of the mandatory training required to complete the framework as determined by the relevant SSC for a young person aged 16-18 on an Apprenticeship.

If employers or providers choose to deliver additional qualifications or courses as part of the delivery of the overall framework, then these courses will not be funded and will need to be paid for by the provider or employer.

Do apprentices pay tax and national insurance?


As is the case of all employees aged over 16, Apprentices must still pay Tax and National Insurance on their income.

Do I receive any monetary incentives to take on an apprentice?


The off-job training costs are subsidised in full, or in part, by the National Apprenticeship Service and you may be eligible for a grant of £1,500, click here for more information.

Is there a cost for employers?


Like all employees, apprentices must still receive a wage. The National Minimum Wage can be found here. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week. There is also the cost of the supervision, support and mentoring that you will need to put in place to support the apprentice. In addition there are some fees employers need to pay when they take on a 19+ apprentice.

What is the financial benefit to me?


There are clear financial benefits to employers, and their investment in apprenticeships is repaid many times over. A recent study by the University of Warwick Institute of Employment Research found that the costs of apprenticeship training are recouped relatively quickly, and that where the investment is nurtured, the returns are significant. Another study by Sheffield University measured the long-term financial benefit to investing in apprenticeships. A Level 3 Advanced Apprentice will generate an additional lifetime benefit to themselves and their employer of £105,000 compared to someone who does not gain an Apprenticeship. The Level 2 additional benefit is £73,000. This represents a gain of £16 for every £1 of taxpayers’ money.

Is anything being done to help SMEs take on an Apprentice?


The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) is available dependent on eligibility. The grant is currently worth £1,500 each for up to 10 apprentices employed during 2013.