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Ladies & Gents,

My son has been offered an interview for a tiling apprenticeship, its 4 yrs and the college is in Glasgow on block release, working with a 1 man band who has lots of work & good reputation.

My questions are if you would be so kind:
1) what can he comfortably earn thru years 1-4 as an apprentice.
2) what kind of day rate can he earn once qualified as a tiler.
3) what is the best route to go down to earn the best money.

Would be very grateful to hear your experience & advice please.

Many thanks in Advance.
 
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1, Whatever he's being paid as an apprentice.
2, Depends where he is in the country and what level of quality he's capable of.
3, Experience can't be rushed. Money follows reputation and quality.
 

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The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour.
 

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I agree, but it’s a lot more than I got when I started.
£40 a week for my first year, £70 a week second year and £150 a week third year.
Didn’t earn a full wage until the end of my 5th year.
 

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Apprentice wages are always rubbish . But you are investing in the future . You could probably get him a job that pays more but he will probably be earning the same at that job in ten years time as he would be now .
 
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A decent employer would pay more than the minimum if he warranted it.
I would after a little trial period.
 

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Its probably a good thing I only earned £29.50 a week when I was 16 as I would have blown it all by Thursday anyway even if it was £500
I bought drink, cigs, scratchcards, fruit machine etc and if I had any left over I'd waste it.
 

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Thanks for answering question no 1.

What about questions 2 & 3 ball park and assuming he is good at his job, I respect your not going to tell me what you earn.
 

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Their are to many variables . For instance if he is a knuckle dragger he isn't going to get high end work in a 3 million pound mansion . But also if he can charm the birds from the trees he could do well . He may be suited to site work if he can do lots of metres.
Just know it's a decent job if he applies himself and takes an interest in what he is doing but he is not going to earn what a barrister will .
I know I couldn't earn as much as I do doing anything else but I am self employed and get reasonable work .
 
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Anyone can make good money in any trade.

Day rate doesn’t come into it really. Price work is where often the highest earning is. Supplying materials, adding a margin onto these materials is all money in your pocket for doing very little.

You can also make good money on a day rate if you specialise in certain fields within the industry.

That said, the questions are all money related and not everyone is driven by money. First and foremost he has to enjoy what he does. If he enjoys it then he will be interested in what he does and want to constantly improve. Once he has reached a quality level then he might earn some nice money, if he wants it. It’s all relative to the lifestyle you want to live.

I probably spent 5 years of my career as a workaholic. Looking back now I see that as wasted time. Nowadays I just mooch along doing my own thing.

Sorry for the long post. Just teach your Son how to be happy.
 

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I was on £27.00 a week when I started...
(TJ was on 5 shillings)...:)
Always been self employed even as an apprentice!
Started on 61p an hour and after 18 months I was on £1.30 a yard.
At that time painters were on minimum of £100 per week.
My rent was £6/week.
My Dad was disappointed when I went into tiling but when he retired at 59 he came with me for 3 years and absolutely loved it - best tea boy there ever was!
It’s not all about the immediate gain but it has to be a decent days pay for a decent days work.
My son was on £200 a week when he started with me @ 16 - if he can’t earn you £40 a day and make your job easier then it’s not worth the hassle.
IMHO.
 

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£150 a week for a 16/17 year old is good enough,18/19 £250 ish, out of time £350/400 a week, pay them too much and they just want more and get greedy.
They earn you basically nowt for a year or two
 

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Thanks for your replies so far, I’ve looked online and some sites say a tiler working for a company might get £12 -£13 an hr which similar to a joiner employed ,he wants to know if £200 a day is achievable or more than if your qualified and and at the top of your trade, if so I’m assuming it’s a self employed tiler?
 
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Always been self employed even as an apprentice!
Started on 61p an hour and after 18 months I was on £1.30 a yard.
At that time painters were on minimum of £100 per week.
My rent was £6/week.
My Dad was disappointed when I went into tiling but when he retired at 59 he came with me for 3 years and absolutely loved it - best tea boy there ever was!
It’s not all about the immediate gain but it has to be a decent days pay for a decent days work.
My son was on £200 a week when he started with me @ 16 - if he can’t earn you £40 a day and make your job easier then it’s not worth the hassle.
IMHO.
That’s spooky- my Dad started working with me after he took voluntary redundancy at 55 and my son occasionally works for me. I pay him £40 and he’s 16. Upped his day rate by a tenner recently.
 

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