The Chancellor, George Osborne outlined an increase in the minimum wage for apprentices in his last Budget before the General Election.
The 20% rise will see the hourly rate for young apprentices increase by 57p to £3.30. Newcastle College Principal, Carole Kitching welcomed the news.
“I am delighted with the Government’s announcement to increase the hourly rate for young people in apprenticeships from £2.73 per hour to £3.30. This 20% rise is a positive investment in skills and will enable more young people to see an apprenticeship as a real route into employment and training. However, a lot more needs to be done to improve the quality of careers’ advice and guidance available to young people from Year 8 to help them understand the benefits of vocational training.
“I am also pleased to see proposals to roll out 9 new Degree Apprenticeships in response to the increasing demand from employers for higher levels skills in the workplace. I am sure this will be welcomed by businesses in the north east.”