Child Benefits and Child Maintenance
We often receive requests for more information on the impact of their child doing an apprenticeship on their child benefits and child maintenance. As the apprentice legally has to earn a minimum of £4.15 per hour, the parent would lose any benefits associated with the child being in education without earning, such as child benefits. This is not the case in Wales.
However, if the apprentice worked 35 hours per week, the child would receive a minimum of £145.25 in wages per week. That is far more than the maximum the parents would receive for their first child in child benefits, which is just £21.05 per week.
If you are paying child maintenance, you would no longer be responsible for paying child maintenance for that child as they are now in employment.