Salary scales for trainee and apprentice staff


In 2021, HR reviewed the Apprentice salary scale to ensure the rates remain competitive within a rapidly changing market.

As a result, a new Apprentice pay scales was incorporated into the University's existing pay grades and structures, and our main staff A-L pay structure was extended to cover Apprentices. Apprentice roles are subject to the same job evaluation and cost of living increases as all other roles within the A-L pay structure.

Apprentices will be subject to an annual progression movement (with the exception of 18-month Apprentice contracts), which will be determined by review of the required work-based performance and study progress relevant to the period of learning.

Salaries effective from 1st August 2023 

Evaluated Grade Apprentice level 
Admin Apprenticeships
(18 months / 6 year apprenticeships)
Senior Admin Apprenticeships (e.g solicitors)
Technical Apprenticeships
(4 year apprenticeship)
Laboratory Technician Apprentices
(2 year apprenticeship)
Trainee Technician
(one year non-apprenticeship)
Trade Apprentices
(Plumbing one year, Electrical 42 months)
Catering Apprentices
(one year apprenticeship)
 Year  Salary  Year  Salary  Year  Salary  Year Salary   Year Salary   Year Salary   Year Salary 
 Grade B  Level 2 (GCSE) 18 months 


     Year 1  £20,880  Year 1  £20,880  Year 1  £20,880  Year 1  £20,880  Year 1  £20,880
 Grade C  Level 3 (A level) 18 months   £21,254      Year 2  £21,254  Year 2  £21,254      Year 2 (Electrician only)  £21,254    
 Grade D   Level 4 (Foundation Degree)      Year 1  £22,214  Year 3  £22,214        

 Year 3 (Electrician only)

     Year 2  £22,681  Year 4  £22,681          Year 4 (Electrician only)  £22,681    
 Grade E   Level 5 (Higher National Degree)       Year 3  £24,248                    
     Year 4  £24,533                    

Grade F

Level 6       Year 5  £26,444                    

Grade G

Level 7      Year 6  £29,605                    

N.B. The August 2023 pay award of 6%-8% (depending on grade) was split into two parts. From 01 February 2023, annual salary figures increased by £1000 compared with August 2022 rates. The remainder of the pay award took effect from 01 August 2023.

Salary history