The apprenticeship minimum wage is currently £3.50 per hour (£3.70 per hour from April 1st 2018), although many employers choose to pay above and beyond that. Many employers also offer performance related pay rises throughout the apprenticeship, as they would with any other employees. If you are 19 years old when you complete your first year as an apprentice, then your wage will increase to the national minimum for your age category.
An apprenticeship can open up opportunities in industries where previously it would be very difficult to find work. Don't forget an employer will also pay you for your study time and most employers will regularly review your salary. One year of some small financial pain could lead to a career of financial gain.
If enrolling in an apprenticeship would be financially difficult for you, you may be entitled to support through the Kevin Lynes Apprenticeship Scheme.
Kent Wheels 2 Work scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for people struggling to reach places of work, education or training. They provide low cost loans of mopeds and bicycles. This help goes hand in hand with practical support in planning their journey, taking care of their vehicle and safety training. It can be a lifeline to people living/ working in rural areas with little public transport or working Sundays or late shifts when alternatives aren’t available.