National Minimum Wage for Apprentices Moves Closer

The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission to consider a national minimum wage for apprentices. At present, apprentices under 19 years of age fall outside the normal NMW arrangements.

Responding to the news, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber commented: “Protecting apprentices from low pay and exploitation through the minimum wage would be a small cost to a minority of employers but would go a long towards boosting the quality and reputation of apprenticeships. Apprentices that receive decent pay are far more likely to complete their training.”

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