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Can You Claim Benefits if Your Doing an Apprenticeship

We briefly mentioned some of the benefits you’re entitled to as an apprentice before. Still, here we’ll get a little further into what an apprentice receives as part of their employment, such as can you claim benefits if your doing an apprenticeship?

Can You Claim Benefits if Your Doing an Apprenticeship? 

Apprentices are given benefits, but the amount varies depending on the circumstances. Several programmes, such as universal credit, are designed to assist low-income families, although you must check the qualifications requirements before submitting. The government has a guide called How Benefits Work that contains additional material.

Can I Get tax credits or universal credits?

The old tax credit programme of working tax credit (WTC) and child tax credit (CTC) has been replaced by universal credit (UC), which is designed to assist low-income households and those who are unable to operate.

Apprentices qualify for UC under some conditions. You can only use UC if you are participating in a recognised apprenticeship, which requires you to:

  • Have a specialised training company.
  • You must be pursuing a recognised qualification.
  • Apprentices must be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW)

Certain applicants must meet certain working-hour conditions to be eligible for UC. If you are applying for UC, you will be asked to sign a claimant commitment tied to the number of hours you serve as part of your apprenticeship.

You shouldn’t do work-related operations if your apprenticeship extends more than 30 hours a week. This means you won’t have to look for more work outside of what you’re doing as part of your apprenticeship. 

However, you would be asked to partake in career-related events if the apprenticeship is for less than 30 hours a week and you are not in one of the groups that will serve additional hours.

Many with a disability, illness or parenting responsibilities will work fewer hours.

May I claim child benefits if my child is an apprentice?

The rules governing this differ slightly throughout the United Kingdom. A child over 16 doing an apprenticeship in England, Scotland, or Northern Ireland cannot get child benefits.

In Wales, a child above 16 who is engaged in an apprenticeship is entitled to child care.

Is it necessary for me to pay council tax when working as an apprentice?

Students, in general, are exempt from paying council tax, but apprentices are not. However, if your family only consists of apprentices or trainees, you are qualified for a 50% council tax exemption. You should fill out this form to apply for a council tax cut.

Is assistance open to me?

Apprentices are paid a fee to train and are entitled to some discounts and privileges. However, the term “funding” for an apprenticeship typically applies to the apprentice’s boss, not the apprentice. This encourages an employer to recruit apprentices to provide sufficient assistance to them.

However, funding or financing could be accessible locally or from private funders, so check with your college or local Jobcentre for available options.

Besides a salary, certain employers provide benefits such as a travel allowance if you transfer to complete your apprenticeship. This will be unique to the apprenticeship, and you should negotiate it with the manager before accepting the position.

As an apprentice, what am I entitled to?

Apprentices are covered by the Working Time Regulations 1998, guaranteeing they get the same essential benefits as all other employees.

Updated on September 6, 2022

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