Education Committee – Accessibility of Apprenticeships

On Tuesday in the Education Committee meeting on the quality of skills and apprenticeships training, I asked the panel about the barriers to accessing apprenticeships, including having to pay for transport, uniforms and childcare, and what can be done to reduce these barriers.

This follows a survey of apprenticeship pay in July, which found that 18% of apprentices were paid below the appropriate national minimum wage or national living wage.

The Young Women’s Trust found that 43% of apprentices said that the costs associated with doing an apprenticeship are higher than their earnings as an apprentice. It also found that more than half of apprentices struggle to cover basic living costs such as rent or utilities.

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