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.”
A group of our engineering and construction apprentices have made it through to the finals of a national competition, WorldSkills UK 2015.
The group comprises of Fort Vale employees Sam Parkinson (20) Matthew Bryce (20) and Chris Taylor (26) from the WEC Group. They are competing in categories including CNC Turning, CNC Milling and Construction Metalwork respectively.
After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, they were shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which are taking place between 19th to the 21st November at the NEC in Birmingham.
Steve Gray, CEO of Training 2000 said;
“As an organisation that has a genuine passion for training and developing young people, we are extremely proud to have three of our apprentices shortlisted for WorldSkills UK 2015.
“Last year our apprentices walked away with two gold and three silver medals from the competition, which is a real testament to the quality of training they have received at Training 2000 and the established skills and personal development schedule within their employers apprenticeship programs.”
Whilst at the show they will fight off strong competition from almost 600 fellow talented Apprentices, watched by 75,000 visitors over three days. The skills on display included diverse talents such as floristry, hairdressing, welding and catering.
Group Training Providers were only able to put one learner through per category and both of our entrants were selected as national finalists, hoping to be crowned Apprentice of the Year.
The winner will be announced on the 21st October at the GTA England Annual Conference which will be held at the prestigious headquarters of the IMechE in Westminster, London. Dinner will take place in the grand Elizabethan style Library, which has stunning views over St. James Park and Horse Guards Parade before culminating in the awards ceremony.
The Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles, will be in attendance to present each apprentice with a Certificate of Commendation. Last year the finalists received a trip to Austria and Germany courtesy of GTA England sponsors, WNT (UK), who are sponsoring the event again, along with XYZ Engineering Tools.
Training 2000’s CEO Steve Gray said;
“Once again the high calibre of our apprentices has seen us get through to the finals of another prestigious awards event. On behalf of Training 2000 we would like to wish Liam and Henry the best of luck in this competition, they set a wonderful example to our current and new learners of what can be achieved through apprenticeships.”
The scheme saw 36 students from the Nasser Vocational Training Centre (NVTC) in Bahrain take part in two-weeks of intensive training which combined practical work experience with site visits.
Steve Gray, chief executive of Training 2000, said: “We were delighted to be asked to work alongside the ECITB on this project and we’re excited to welcome the students from the Nasser Vocational Training Centre.
“The opportunity to use our facility, meet with employers and learn new engineering constrcuction techniques will be something the students can really benefit from.”
The three organisations developed a curriculum which aimed to give the students the opportunity to learn new English language skills, understand more about the engineering construction industry and visit companies to gain first-hand experiences from qualified engineers at places such as Rolls Royce Derby and Royal Mail Preston.
The students also enjoyed some free time in the local area, taking trips to museums, Skipton Castle and cities such as Manchester and Blackpool.
Tony Featherstone, ECITB director of international and commercial operations, said: “We are really delighted to be able to offer this pioneering international work experience programme, and that NVTC students will be the first to take part.
“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students to see world class operations first hand.”