New wage for apprentices

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Calderdale Council apprentices are to be paid the national minimum wage.

The Council’s Governance and Business Committee agreed to pay all internal apprentices the national minimum wage – that’s £3.72 an hour for under 18s, £5.03 for 18-20 year olds and £6.31 for over 21s, rather than the lower national rates for apprentices.

This is part of Calderdale Council’s work to give young people meaningful work opportunities and help tackle youth unemployment.

Chair of the Governance and Business Committee, Coun Barry Collins, said: “It’s important to us to invest in young people in Calderdale to help tackle youth unemployment. The decision to implement the national minimum wage means that we provide a consistent approach and raise our reputation as a good employer, sending a clear message to external organisations employing apprentices.”

The Council has gained the Silver Standard Award from Fair Train for its new approach to apprenticeships.