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Fees and Funding

For you as a student there is no cost to do a higher or degree apprenticeship. You will be paid as an employee of the company you’re working for as well as receiving a university education that is covered by your employer and the government. You may need to consider the additional living costs such as moving away from home or commuting.

If you’re aged 16–18, you’ll earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices but many companies pay more than this, particularly for higher level apprenticeships*:

  • An aerospace engineering apprentice at BAE Systems UK can earn £21,971 per year.
  • A higher accountancy apprentice can earn over £13,000 per year.
  • A software engineer apprentice can earn £14,500 per year.
  • You could potentially earn upwards of £300 per week plus your employer and the government pay your tuition fees, meaning no university loans for you.*

* Information and statistics from GOV.UK

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