National Minimum Wage Increase – 1st April 2017

Published: March 31, 2017

From the 1st April 2017, the National Minimum wage for Apprentices will increase from £3.40 to £3.50. This represents yet another decent pay bump, with the National Minimum Wage sitting as low as £2.73 only a few years ago.

The changes are set to be introduced ahead of Apprenticeship Reform which will see significant changes to the way Apprenticeship funding works.

Current Apprenticeship Pay and Conditions

Below are the current Apprenticeship Pay and Conditions:

  • You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship.
  • You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
  • The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour.
  • This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
  • You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Hours apprentices are paid for

You must be paid for:

  • your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • training that’s part of your apprenticeship (usually one day per week)


  • You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.


KT&A have been supporting young people to gain qualifications and develop skills for over 30 years. We currently offer four main programmes: Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Work Based Training and Work Ready Extra.

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