Employment Costs

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and 52 weeks per year. If the number of hours per week is less than 30 hours the length of contract should be extended proportionally. Education establishments wishing to employ an apprentice on a term-time only contract must employ an apprentice for 52 accumulative term-time only weeks. For example, 40 weeks in one academic year and 12 weeks in the next.

The basic employment cost of an apprentice is as follows:

£2.68 per hour*   X   30-37 hours per week   X   52 weeks per year  

=   £4,180.80 – £5156.32 per annum**

*£2.68 per hour is the national minimum wage for apprenticeships and an organisation can choose to pay more should they wish.

**Organisations with less than 1000 employees that have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months may be eligible for a £1,500 employer incentive grant that can be used to supplement the annual employment cost. Please see the Employer Grants page for further information on this and any other grants that may be available.



Active Synergy is funded by the Government to provide nationally recognised qualifications for any apprentice aged 16 to 23. Apprentices over the age of 24 can be funded in certain circumstances or will be required to pay or access a loan for the training.

All of the qualifications that we deliver are QCF recognised and part of an approved Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) framework.