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Don't let colleges and training providers reduce the value of our apprentices by paying them less than the minimum wage

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The National Minimum Wage for a 16-18 year old is £3.72ph at age 18 to 20 its £5.03ph, 21 and over its £6.31ph. Yet many colleges and training providers encourage employers to pay the lower £2.68ph apprentice rate of pay for candidates aged up to 23 without attempting to win a fairer rate of pay for the young person undergoing an apprenticeship.

I believe in the principle of a fair days pay for a fair days work and I want to see the lower apprentice rate of pay scrapped completely.

Employers presented with the best candidates to do the job recognise the principle above so why don't our training providers and government? 

I have never encountered an employer who would not employ an apprentice based on paying minimum wage, many dont even get a choice they are told to pay £2.68ph. Remove the temptation and insist NMW is paid.

We have high expectations of our apprentices and they work hard, why should it be cheaper to employ someone just because they want to gain a qualification at work? (non apprentices are covered by the NMW) 

Forget bashing the bankers, lets ensure we all get a fair start on the salary ladder, fairs fair...Right?



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