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It’s National Apprenticeship Week

Published on 8 February 2021

(8-14 February 2021)

While it may not be possible to gather in large numbers this year, nevertheless the success of UK apprenticeships is something to celebrate. It’s not only young people who start apprenticeships – now many older people do apprenticeships too.

Illustration of people learning and mending cogs

What types of job offer apprenticeships?

Apart from the traditional jobs like plumbing, joinery or hairdressing, apprenticeships are more widely available now – even in the world of tax qualifications where on the job learning is supplemented by professional exams.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

The most obvious benefit is that you are earning money while you are learning. But you are also gaining practical experience in your chosen field as well as learning softer skills like dealing with other people and working as part of a team.

If I’m earning money, do I need to pay tax and National Insurance contributions?

You may need to, depending on the level of your taxable earnings and other income and gains you may have. You can find more information on our dedicated apprenticeships page.

How can I check I am being paid the right amount?

Apprentices have a special payment rate under the National Minimum Wage law until they have completed the first year of their apprenticeship and are at least 19 years of age. You should also check your payslips.

Can I claim tax credits or universal credit if I’m an apprentice?

As explained in our tax credits guidance, apprentices were able to claim tax credits provided they met the qualifying conditions. However, in most cases it is not possible to make a new claim for tax credits.

You may be eligible to claim universal credit, though. Our website explains who is eligible to make a claim and how to claim.

There is further information in our page for first time workers.

Contact: Gillian Wrigley (click here to Contact Us)
(First published: 08/02/21)


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