Salary scales for trainee and apprentice staff

Apprenticeship Salary Structure – 1 April 2018

The University of Bristol undertook a review of apprenticeship arrangements against the local market in 2016. In the past the University has aligned starting pay to the qualifications earned before the Apprentice starts at the University, the market position is that rates are aligned to the qualification being undertaken at an organisation. From August 2016 we choose to change the structure to reflect the market position.

The steps were revalorised in April 2017 and again in April 2018.

Salaries effective from 1 April 2018

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 £14,300 in Year 2, 3 & 4, or the rate for the qualification and year of study (whichever the greater).

Trainee Technician Salary

From 1 November 2018, Trainee Technician Staff (one-year non-apprenticeship roles only) are paid a spot rate of £15,925.

Please note:

The salary scales given above are reviewed periodically to ensure we remain competitive in the local labour market and are not subject to scale revisions or collective bargaining.

Salary history