Julia Belgutay

Apprentices ‘suffer low pay without financial support’

Lack of concessions and the pay gap between male and female apprentices put people off, warns the NUS

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Apprentices are facing the “double blow” of low pay and no access to financial support that students at colleges and university can receive, the NUS students’ union has warned.

The union said the low apprentice minimum wage, coupled with a significant pay gap between male and female apprentices, means that apprenticeships could be a less attractive option than other education pathways – despite the government’s aim to grow the scheme to tackle youth unemployment and the skills gap.

Unlike full-time students, apprentices are not exempt from council tax – although some can receive a discount – ...

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