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Can You Claim Benefits Whilst Doing An Apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to benefits, although the amount varies depending on your situation. Many benefits, such as universal credit, are available to assist low-income individuals, but you must check the criteria and eligibility before applying.

The previous tax credit system of working tax credit (WTC) and child tax credit (CTC) has been replaced with universal credit (UC), which is designed to assist low-income people and those who are unable to work.

Under certain circumstances, apprentices are entitled to UC. You may only claim UC if you are engaged in a recognised apprenticeship, which requires the following:

  • You should name a named training provider
  • You must be doing a recognised qualification
  • Apprentices must be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

For more information on UC eligibility, see https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/eligibility.

Updated on August 29, 2022

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