Apprentices: Wages

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th October 2021.

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The national minimum wage, including that for apprenticeships, is a reserved matter, with policy responsibility resting with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The national minimum wage apprenticeship rate does not apply to higher level apprentices. My focus, however, is on growing high-quality apprenticeships, including higher level apprenticeships that lead to high-quality, well-paid and resilient careers.