When it comes to universal credit and apprenticeships, it is important to know if you get universal credit on an apprenticeship, you will receive universal credit if you do a “recognised” apprenticeship. This means, according to the DWP’s rules, you must:
- working for a recognised qualification working towards a recognised qualification and receiving at least the NMW for an apprentice
In addition, you must be able to provide the following:
- the name of your educational company, the title of the vocational qualification you are seeking
There are no upper or lower limits to the number of hours you must participate in qualifying for universal credit as an apprentice; nevertheless, you would be expected to do “job-related duty” as part of your Claimant Commitment if your earnings do not meet a certain level, known as your Conditionality Earnings Threshold (CET).
As an apprentice, you are limited to working no more than 30 hours a week, compounded by the applicable minimum wage scale. If you are ill, this number can be diminished, or you may be exempt from CET entirely. You can discuss this with your job coach and decide about it as part of your universal credit Claimant Commitment.