Government explains increase in apprenticeship national minimum wage rate

On 18 June 2014, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) was asked to make recommendations on the levels of each national minimum wage (NMW) which it believed should apply from October 2015.

The government rejected the LPC recommendations on the apprentice rate, which from 1 October 2015 will be increased to £3.30. The government has published a report setting out its reasons for departing from the LPC’s recommendation. In particular, apprenticeships are being promoted as a credible alternative to university and apprentices need to be seen as productive members of an organisation’s current workforce and an investment in its future.

Source: National Minimum Wage: report on the 2015 apprentice rate, BIS, 22 June 2015.