Suffolk County Council and The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have reached the joint decision to bring to a close the current pilot for the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service. ASBS has successfully worked with over 4,000 employers and generated in excess of 500 new Apprenticeship vacancies, but our evaluation has shown that the pilot model as it is currently operating cannot overcome other barriers within the Apprenticeship system, and therefore a different approach is needed going forward. Suffolk County Council, TCHC and their sub-contracting partner, The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will work closely together over the next three months to ensure businesses currently engaged through this contract are given appropriate support. Suffolk County Council will look to develop a new approach to supporting the apprenticeship agenda in Suffolk going forward.

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National Apprenticeship Wages

The national minimum apprentice wage is a guideline and is the minimum recommended wage for an apprentice. Employers may consider paying more than the minimum, especially if extensive travel to and from the workplace is required.

The national minimum wage is reviewed in October each year, the current 2015 rate is:

21 and over18 to 20Under 18Apprentice*
£6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30

Please note that the apprentice wage will go up to £3.30 an hour from 1 October 2015

* Apprentices are entitled to an apprentice wage if they’re under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Please note: Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the national minimum wage rate for their age.

If you are interested in employing an apprentice and your business is located in Suffolk, we are able to provide free support, guide you through the process and assist you in finding a suitable training provider. To get started, leave a message below or call us on 01473 694829 today.

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