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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

Specific occupations & special groups: trainee teachers

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

For pay reference periods commencing

* on or after 6 April 2015; National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, regulation 53
* before 6 April 2015; National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, regulations 12(8) & (9)

Trainee teachers are often required to do a period of work experience as part of a higher education course (NMWM05340). If that period of work experience does not exceed one year and is undertaken before the end of the course the trainee teacher does not qualify for the national minimum wage in respect of work performed for his employer as part of that course.