In 2015/16, the total number of people undertaking an apprenticeship stood at 904,800, more than ever, with 509,400 beginning over the course of the 12 month period. Apprenticeships have a critical role to play, not only in furnishing young people with important skills, but also in developing a highly skilled and productive workforce that underpins economic prosperity. British workers are presently 30% less productive than those in France and Germany; whilst the CBI’s annual
The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise from £3.40 per hour to £3.50 – a bigger increase than rates for most other groups – following the autumn statement. It is higher than most other minimum wage rate increases: for 18 to 20 year olds, the increase is from £5.55 per hour to £5.60 for 16 to 17 year olds – it will go up from £4.00 per hour to £4.05 for 21 to 24 year olds, it is going up from £6.95 per hour to £7.05 With the government’s pledge to increase apprenti
A great many words have been shared about the driver shortage and what we need to do to combat it. In recent months, the conversation has continued within the industry and in Whitehall as the enormity of the problem becomes increasingly apparent. The Transport Committee published its Fourth Report, Skills and Workforce Planning the Road Haulage Sector, on 29th July and the Government’s response was received on 6th October. The Committee has drawn several conclusions about the
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