The national minimum wage for Apprentices will rise again in April this year.
The wage will go from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour marking a 5.7% increase, above national inflation (FEWeek.co.uk).
The rise was announced by the chancellor in his budget statement before Christmas.
Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager 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. For those leaving school, the opportunity to earn a wage whilst working towards a qualification is becoming an increasingly popular option as vocational training gains more creditability alongside more academic routes.”
Why is there a separate minimum wage for Apprentices?
“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. They are also a cost-effective training option that give employers the opportunity to nurture a committed and loyal workforce.
“Alongside receiving this wage, as part of an Apprenticeship programme, learners must also:
- Work with experienced staff
- Learn job-specific skills
- Complete 20% off-the-job training