Apprentices are liable for benefits, but the amount varies depending on the circumstances. Several programmes are designed to assist low-income families, such as universal credit. The government has a guide called How Benefits Work that contains additional material, including a list of reputable free benefit calculators and more information about what benefits can I claim whilst doing an apprenticeship.
Is it necessary for me to request 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The old tax credit programme of working tax credit (WTC) and child tax credit (CTC) has been replaced by universal credit (UC), which is designed to assist low-income households and those who are unable to operate.
Applicants must meet certain working-hour conditions to be eligible for UC, but apprentices are exempt. If you are applying for UC, you will be asked to sign a candidate promise tied to the number of hours you serve as part of your apprenticeship.
May I claim child benefits if my child is a trainee?
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 the age of 16 who is engaged in a trainee or foundation apprenticeship may be entitled to child benefits.
Do I need 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.
There is no set allowance for being away from home in the UK (like in some places such as Australia), although you would be able to claim demand expenses for any travel or goods bought during your apprenticeship.