The apprentice receives a wage from the employer and an allowance from the State as established in the 'Work-based Learning and Apprenticeship Act (Cap. 576). As per Article 14 (3) (a) of Cap.576, the employer is obliged to "pay a renumeration to the learner in accordancw with the rate established by relevant legislation, for the duration of the time the learner spends at the place of work as part of the work-based learning componenet, as predefined in the training plan."
Then, the allowance funded by the State is stipulated in the same Act as per Article 15, "(a) learners may be eligible to benefit from student's maintence grant in terms of the Student Maintenance Grant Regulation; (b) learners on apprenticeship programmes have the right to an income equivalent to the national minimum wage per hour for the hours spent at the workplace as stipulated in the training programme plan. The income per hour is calculated as the income derived from the [employer] and from the student maintenance grant".
MCAST apprentices receive remuneration from their sponsor and Students' Maintenance Grants. Whilst working with their sponsor, all MCAST students doing an apprenticeship always receive remuneration directly from their sponsor according to the hours worked. On the other hand, Students' Maintenance Grants are calculated as follows:
October to June (covering lecture attendance)
a. Stipend rates of €89.40 every four weeks
b. Initial Grant (credited once after the students confirms the online application
c. Top-up Stipend Rates *
July to September
a. Summer Special Stipend rates of €235.06 every four weeks
b. Top-up Stipend Rates *
*Top-up Stipend Rates vary greatly according to the level, year and course being followed and according to the number of days the student is attending lectures at MCAST.