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Changes to UK National Minimum Wage – October 2016


The National Minimum Wage is the UK’s pay structure which is designed to protect as many low paid workers as possible without hurting jobs or the economy. The government has announced that from 1st October 2016 the UK National Minimum Wage will rise:

Apprentice Minimum Wage: £3.40 per Hour increasing 10p from £3.30 per hour

Under 18 Minimum Wage: £4.00 per hour increasing 13p from £3.87 per hour

18 to 20 Minimum Wage: £5.55 per hour increasing 25p from £5.30 per hour

21 to 24 Minimum Wage: £6.95 per hour increasing 25p from £6.70 per hour

25 and over Minimum Wage: £7.20 per hour

For more information on the National Minimum Wage, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Shadow CEO appointed for the Institute for Apprenticeships


The Department for Education announced on the 26th September 2016 that Peter Lauener has been appointed as the Shadow CEO for the Institute for Apprenticeships. Peter will fulfil his role as Shadow CEO alongside his duties as Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency.

Peter will bring to the Institute for Apprenticeships his experience and knowledge of the Apprenticeship and Skills sector from various senior level roles across the sector including his role as CEO of the Young People’s Learning Agency that he set up in 2010.

Peter will work together with Antony Jenkins (Shadow Chair) and other members of the team to establish the Institute for Apprenticeships, which will be the organisation to approve all Apprenticeship Standards and Assessment plans, ensuring that all Apprenticeships going forward are high quality and employers are getting the skills and experience expected from Apprenticeships.

Antony Jenkins, Shadow Chair of the Institute, commented:

“I am very pleased with the appointment of Peter, who I know will apply his excellent skills and expertise to ensure that the Institute is up and running from April.”

To read the full press release; please visit the Department for Educations website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/shadow-ceo-for-the-institute-for-apprenticeships-announced