Newcastle College Principal welcomes apprenticeship wage increase

Posted On 18th March 2015 By Carole Kitching

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.”