Good news as apprentices will very soon have more money in their pockets. From tomorrow the apprentice National Minimum Wage for those aged between 16-18 (or those over 19 who are in their first year) will rise by 57p an hour.
Any apprentices aged over 19 who have completed their first year are entitled to receive the general National Minimum Wage for their age, which from the 1st of October will be £5.30 for those aged 18-20 and £6.70 for those aged over 21.
Decided by Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy at the time, Nick Clegg, the raise has been hailed as “largest ever” increase in the apprentice National Minimum Wage and was warmly welcomed by the training and skills sector.
Mr Gray said
“This move recognises the value that apprentices provide to employers and makes the Apprenticeship route even more attractive to young people seeking to earn while they learn.”
The 20 per cent rise is well above the 2.6 per cent increase suggested by the Low Pay Commission, as the Government chose to ignore their recommendation. Speaking after the announcement in March Mr Clegg said:
“This is just one of the many ways in which we’ve created a fairer society whilst building a stronger economy. Whether you’re on low pay or starting your dream career through an Apprenticeship, you will get more support to help you go further and faster.”