Minimum wage increase for Apprentices

The national minimum wage for Apprentices rises again this month.

The wage will go from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour marking a 5.7% increase, above national inflation (FEWeek.co.uk).

Brendan Coulson, Business Engagement Director at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said:

“This will be the second raise in a year for Apprenticeships. The fact that this is above national inflation, which rose to 3% last October, is an indication that the government is working to make Apprenticeships an even more viable training option.”

“We often get asked why the minimum wage for Apprenticeships is different to the national minimum wage. The main reasoning behind this is that an Apprentice is not yet fully qualified – they are receiving training to become qualified, experienced and competent in their chosen job role. Once they have completed their programme, many Apprentices either progress to the next level or into full-time employment with the same organisation.”

“Apprenticeships therefore provide learners with a route into employment that allows them to earn a wage along the way.”

To find out more about Apprenticeships, contact the College’s Apprenticeship Team: be@nwslc.ac.uk 0116 264 3545