• There are a range of statutory apprenticeships available but, historically, employers have used the term ‘apprentice’ as a way to avoid paying a higher hourly rate. The purpose of the Enterprise Bill is to oust rogue training providers and give apprentices the same legal treatment as degrees to ensure it is recognised as a career path equal to higher education.

    The bill proposes making it a criminal offence to use the term ‘apprenticeship’ when it is not legally deemed as one. Naturally, the devil will be in the detail, but it seems to be another push by the Government to create more employment opportunities.

    Employers should also be aware that the hourly rate of apprentices is rising to £3.30 per hour from 1 October 2015.

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