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The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

You must be at least:

  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • aged 25 to get the National Living Wage - the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under

Current ratesThese rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

So in a nutshell

In spring 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeships.

If you have a wage bill greater than £3m?

  • From April 2017 you will pay ½% of that per month into a digital account

  • You can spend this money on Apprenticeship Training (nothing else)

  • If you do not spend it after 24 months it will go to the Treasury

  • You choose a recognised Apprenticeship Training Provider

  • You agree a price and your levy fund pays for the training


Have you heard about the Advanced Learner Loan?

If you're aged 19 or over (24 or over if your course begins before 1 August 2016) and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 (Level 3 or 4 only if your course begins before 1 August 2016) Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course. The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.
Here are some key facts about the loan:

The Higher Apprenticeship is fully funded* and an excellent route if you have already undertaken an Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship and have now progressed to a more senior role. It is open to anyone employed in an appropriate job role either as an existing or newly recruited member of staff.

Less than 50 staff, £1500 grant available: The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-to 24-year-olds (AGE16 to 24) supports businesses that would not otherwise be in a positionto do so, to recruit individuals aged 16to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme. Read more or go straight to the form here.

(For some areas the Grant is managed locally and eligibility criteria may be differento those set out here.Thiis the case for employers in Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region from April 2015 and for West Yorkshire Combined Authorityfrom August 2015.)

AGE16 to 24 is available in relation to apprentices working to approved apprenticeshiframeworks. Apprentices working to new apprenticeship standarddo not attract the Grant.

We will offer the Grant to those employers who are eligiblto receive it.You can receive up to 5 grants in total; each one is worth £1,500. Please check below whether or not you are eligible to receivethe Grant and which apprentices qualify for it.

The Grant has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. The Grant is available for apprenticeship starts up to and including 31 December 2015,subject to eligibility and availability.Could it help you too?

You can now enrol for your Apprenticeship online with MCQ. Simply go to the link below and follow the simple steps and you will be up and running in no time.

Click here to start your Journey!

Whether you are ready to start your Journey or just want to register your interest with no obligation then click the link above. Beat the queue, no waiting enrolment.

Is this Apprenticeship for you, assess yourself using our online tools.Maths & English a bit rusty? Work through the diagnostic tools to help us provide the right reources for you.Enrol in bite sized pieces, get started, save your position, go back to it later, it will be waiting for you. Your Assessor will meet you already armed with your preliminary results to help plan your Journey with you.

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