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Is an apprenticeship ‘full-time education’

Apprenticeships can be a bit confusing. Yes they are proper jobs where you work and earn a wage, but they are also training and a place to gain a qualification.

So, does this mean an apprentice is judged to still be in full time education, or are they officially a working adult?

According to the UK government, apprenticeships do count as full-time education. This means you can start an apprenticeship at 16 and still receive the benefits associated with being at school.

What benefits are there?

There are a few benefits to being classed as in full time education. For example, if you are in a position where you would normally have to pay council tax, this is not required if you are in full time education.

If you are still living with your parents or someone who claims employment or housing benefit, the classification of your working status can also have an impact on the amount that can be claimed.

Finally, it also means that you are eligible for student discounts. For example, the NUS Apprentice Extra discount card.

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