There’s no better motivator than money. That’s a fact. While it’s great to learn new skills, finish an NVQ, and maybe even go to university for free, the fact that you’re going to get paid for it while you do all this just makes the whole thing even better.
But just how much does an apprentice in the UK get paid? Well, it depends. What we would like to say to you before you read on though, is that the chances of you getting one of the apprenticeships with higher wages and a higher final salary will greatly increase if you take the time to follow our advice closely all throughout this website.
Government apprenticeships schemes
Many of the apprenticeships that we found you the links to in our ‘Find Apprenticeships’ section are, in part, funded by the government. Those schemes are particularly useful for small to medium sized companies to afford to take on all the apprentices they want and need.
So what do they actually pay? It’ll be a very respectable minimum of £132 per week in your first year. That amount may change with age though, particularly when you are over 19, and many companies will top this up if they have the budget to do so.
Private company apprenticeship schemes
No fixed number can be placed on the wages for an apprentice with a large or multi-national private company. What is indisputable is that they tend to top up the wages of their apprentices by a very large amount. Some companies will have a fixed rising scale for their apprentices. Something that may be very similar to this:
- Year 1 – 30% of the final salary
- Year 2 – 55% of the final salary
- Year 3 – 75% of the final salary
- Year 4 – 90% of the final salary
This is quite a common way for companies to reward you as your skills develop throughout your apprenticeship and your worth to the company rises alongside your abilities, education, and experience.
But, how much exactly is that? You’d be getting 90% of something by year 4, but 90% of what? Read on…
Typical average salaries once apprenticeships are completed
To give you an idea of what the final annual salary of some of the most highly valued apprenticeships in the United Kingdom are, we’ve trawled the internet to find some average examples for you. Obviously, a comprehensive list would be massive, but you can take some ideas from what we’ve found:
- Electrician (Commercial) – £23,000 to £35,000 per year
- Electrician (Industrial) – £25,000 to £45,000 per year
- Engineer (Industrial) – £25,000 to £45,000 per year
- Engineer (Offshore oil & gas) – £50,000 to £100,000 per year
- Wind Turbine Technician – £25,000 to £35,000 per year
- Wind Turbine Technician (Offshore) – £35,000 to £55,000 per year
- IT Support worker – £17,000 to £30,000 per year
- IT Applications Engineer – £25,000 to £60,000 per year
- Joiner / Carpenter – £20,000 to £35,000 per year
- Plumber – £20,000 to £40,000 per year
- Administrator – £15,000 to £30,000 per year
The workplace is a complex mix of career building and career advancement, so take your time to pick carefully through where you want to be. For example, some people may say…
“Well, I don’t want to be an administrator, because the wages can be lower”
That can be a narrow view of the bigger picture though. The reality is that many administrators go on to become managers and then, ultimately, very highly-paid business leaders. So do take some time to think through what career you want to choose, as there more to the workplace than just one step up the ladder!
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