Are apprentices who are aged 25 or over entitled to the national living wage?

The national living wage is the new statutory minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers aged 25 and over from 1 April 2016. There is a separate national minimum wage rate for apprentices who are aged under 19 or in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.

Therefore, if an apprentice is aged 25 or over and is not in the first 12 months of the apprenticeship, he or she will be entitled to the national living wage.

Other national minimum wage bands apply to workers aged under 25. If an apprentice is aged at least 19 but under 25, and no longer in the first 12 months of the apprenticeship, the employer must pay him or her at the national minimum wage rate appropriate for his or her age.