Following advice from the Low Pay Commission (LPC), the government has announced a rise in the national minimum wage for apprentices from 1st October 2013.
The LPC recommended that the rate for apprentices should be frozen at £2.65 an hour. However, this was rejected by the government and the apprentice wage will rise by 3p an hour to £2.68.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady says that this choice sends a “positive signal about the importance of apprentices.” Business Secretary Vince Cable says: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of our goal to support a stronger economy, and so it is important to continue to make them attractive to young people. Therefore, I am not taking forward the LPC’s recommendation to freeze the apprenticeship rate due to non-compliance, but instead am raising it in line with the youth rates.