Could the new Skills Minister introduce a National Living Wage for apprentices?

While Mr Halfon pointed out these moves by government would go some way to improve the path for apprentices, he went on to say that it is not all government’s responsibility.  Employers, parents and schools need to educate themselves as to the benefits of apprenticeships and encourage students to consider this route into their chosen careers.


In his role as Skills Minister, Mr Halfon will also be responsible for the implementation of the controversial apprenticeship levy.  The levy is due to be launched in April 2017, and previous Skills Minister Nick Boles was scheduled to present the latest update in June.  These were delayed following the referendum result and the consequent shake up in the government education department, and while Mr Halfon accepted that the apprenticeship levy was the “single most important” aspect of his new role, he couldn’t confirm when the delayed details were to be re-scheduled for announcement.


If you’re considering hiring or becoming an apprentice and have questions about the process, you can contact Aspire Training Team on 01202 551553 or email  We work with employers and learners across the South to place apprentices in business administration, childcare, health & social care, as well as Team Leading and Management.

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