LEARNER FAQ

Even though you are on an apprenticeship scheme you are treated as an employee and therefore will be paid a regular wage. This money will be paid weekly or monthly to you and you have to pay tax and national insurance on your earnings.

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices from April, 2018 for age under 19 or aged 19 or over but in the first year of their apprenticeship is £3.70 per hour. Apprentices over the age of 19 and who have completed one year of their Apprenticeship are entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage applicable to their age. These rates apply to time working, plus time spent training that is part of the Apprenticeship.

You can find the current National Minimum Wage for your age here: 

Year25 & Over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18Apprentice
April 2018£7.83£7.38£5.90£4.20£3.70

 

You can work out your weekly hour monthly salary by multiplying your working hours by your hourly rate, for example:

If you get paid £3.70 an hour and work 40 hours per week, the sum would be:

£3.70 x 40 = £148.00

To work out your monthly wage, mulitiply this by 52(weeks in a year) then divide by 12(Months in a year) E.g.

£148.00 X 52 = £7696

£7696 ÷ 12 = £641.33

Click here to view a great resource for calculating your take home pay after tax/national insurance etc.

Your working hours will be decided between you and your employer when you start your employment. They should be recorded on your contract of employment and agreed to by both you and your employer. Most apprentices work between 30-40 hours per week.

Different employers will have different required notice periods. This must be included in your contract of employment. In addition to this, your contract should include how you must hand your notice in; some employers request a written notice whereas some may accept verbal.

You must give at least a week’s notice if you’ve been in your job for more than a month. Give written notice if you think you’ll need to refer to it later, for example at an employment tribunal.

You’re entitled to your normal pay rate during your notice period, including when you’re:

  • Off sick
  • On holiday
  • Temporarily laid off
  • On maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • Available to work, even if your employer has nothing for you to do

Your employer can ask you to leave immediately after handing in your notice.

If they do, they’ll probably offer you a one-off payment instead of allowing you to work out your notice period – called ‘payment in lieu’.

You can only get payment in lieu if it’s in your contract, or if you agree to it. If you don’t agree to it, you can work out your notice period.

Your college attendance days will differ based on your learning programme and subject. This will be agreed in your induction and you will receive a personalised timetable. If you misplace your timetable or are unsure of when you should be in college. Contact us on 01484 425500 to double check.

We do have tools/equipment for you to borrow whilst you are at the academy however we do advise learners to purchase at least a pair of scissors and a comb – this will give you the chance to practise holding your scissors at home.

 We have a pre-prepared kit you can purchase from ourselves which is put together by HABIA  at our request. Speak to your personal tutor for more information

We advise female students to purchase an embroidered tunic on starting the course, however this is not mandatory. If you are a male, or a female who does not wish to purchase a tunic: You MUST wear clean, black: skirt/jeans, top and shoes. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the academy salon due to health and safety. If you are not wearing the correct uniform, you will not be allowed into the academy salon.

During planned holidays such as half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas etc. you will not attend The Link Training Academy on your usual day. You should attend work for the number of hours you would usually be in college. Your employer will be notified of holidays and should tell you when you can work your hours back.

Learners who have not achieved a GCSE C or Equivalent in either English or Maths or both; are required to work towards a functional skill in the qualification they have not yet achieved. See ‘Functional Skills’ section within the learner zone for more information.

No, apprentices make no contribution to the cost of the training. If you are under 19; your training is 100 % government funded. If you are over 19; your employer must make a 10% contribution to the total cost of your training.