Government funded training

Your apprenticeship entitles you to up to £15,000, or 100%, of your training costs covered by government funding.

The training included in your apprenticeship programme is either fully or partially funded, as follows:

In England:

  • 16 – 18 years old – training 100% funded
  • 19 – 24 – partially funded

In Scotland:

  • 16 – 19 – training 100% funded
  • 20 - 24 - partially funded


  • Minimum apprenticeship salary for apprentices aged under 19 - £6,630
  • Minimum apprenticeship salary for apprentices aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship - £6,630
  • Minimum apprenticeship salary for apprentices aged 19 or over and completed the first year of their apprenticeship - £10,823 - £14,040 (dependent on apprentice's age in accordance with national minimum wage)
  • Typical QA Apprenticeships salary costs - £8,000 - £13,000
  • QA Higher Apprenticeships - £11,000 - £18,000
  • Average IT graduate starting wage - £24,000

Recruiting an apprentice is cost-effective for businesses and it offers young people the opportunity to develop from within their chosen career path.

By starting your apprentice on a fair wage and supporting them at work you’ll soon develop a skilled and reliable workforce. Which will also increase your staff retention.

After 12 months, you will be in a strong position to keep your recruitment outgoings down, and maintain that position for future years.

Key cost benefits

Lower costs

Apprentices are a great way to maximise your recruitment budget. QA apprenticeships are designed so that you will have a dedicated and qualified member of the team as soon as possible.

Increased margins

An apprentice will quickly make a real contribution to your business and allow you to price your services more competitively. Plus, it will give your team more time for key projects and accounts, and business development.

More flexible, more loyal

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to mould your apprentice’s development to fit your processes and practices. This next generation of your workforce offers greater flexibility and enthusiasm from people still new to their role and sector. They recognise the investment you, their employer, are making in their career and development. They will display more loyalty to you, and help foster a similar atmosphere in their team.

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