Hi Georgia Middleton,
All workers engaged under a contract of apprenticeship, or treated as employed under a contract of apprenticeship qualify for National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate, at either;
- The rate for apprentices - if they are under 19 years of age or if they are over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
- The rate applicable to their age band - if they are over 19 and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.
This means that once an apprentice aged 19 or over has completed the first year of their apprenticeship, they must be paid the NMW rate for their age from the first day of the pay reference period that begins on or after their 19th birthday or completion of the first year of their apprenticeship.
You can find more information on NMW rates here:
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates