Salary scales for trainee and apprentice staff

Apprenticeship Salary Structure – 1 April 2020

The University of Bristol introduced the current Apprenticeship Salary Structure in 2016.  The steps have since been revalorised annually against market conditions.

Movement between steps is subject to an annual review of study and work completed. Progression up the scale is not automatic. Where an apprentice successfully completes an apprenticeship qualification and the University sponsors the next qualification up, previous service is taken into account when determining the year and corresponding pay step. Typically an apprentice will complete one year at intermediate level and then start the advanced level qualification in Year 2. In this scenario they would move from step 1 intermediate level to step 2 advanced level.

Salaries effective from 1 April 2020

Intermediate (Level 2)

Year 1

Year 2





Advanced (Level 3)


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4









All apprentice staff aged 25 years or older will be paid £16,000 in Year 2, 3 & 4, or the rate for the qualification and year of study (whichever the greater).

From 1 April 2020, Trainee Technician Staff (one-year non-apprenticeship roles only) are paid a spot rate of £17,000.

The nature of apprenticeships varies from role to role and the University reserves the right to review its remuneration structure on a case by case basis to support the fair and market-appropriate reward of its apprentices.

More information

For more information about Apprenticeships at the University of Bristol, please visit the  website.

Salary history