Money, funding, and finance for apprenticeships in Scotland

Understand the salary, fees and who covers them, as well as apprentice discounts for apprentices in Scotland.

If you’re aged 16 — 24, your employer and the government will cover the tuition fees of your apprenticeship.

First and foremost you are an employee. This means you will be paid a salary by your employer. You will need to cover your day-to-day living costs, rent, travel, equipment, and materials. 

Graduate level apprentices are not eligible for student loans or funding. 


Your salary depends on your job role, and your age. Those aged 16 — 19 in the first year of their apprenticeship receive at least the minimum apprenticeship wage of £4.15 per hour. Other apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age. Some employers pay significantly more than this.

Many employers advertise roles with a ‘competitive salary’. This could mean the salary and benefits will be in line with similar roles for other organisations, or it depends on your skills and experience. It's important to confirm the salary with the employer.

Other financial benefits — alongside the salary, some employers offer other benefits, including a pension, access to a car, leisure facilities, or a relocation allowance. Ask about employee benefits as part of the interview and selection process.

Discounts for apprentices

You’ll be classed as an employee, rather than a student, so you're not entitled to student discounts. But, the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland may provide offers through an NUS Apprentice Extra Card. You may also be eligible for discounts on public transport, with many schemes running on a local basis.