UKFast urges businesses to stamp out ‘cheap labour’ apprenticeships

In a new initiative, hosting and colocation firm UKFast has vowed to change the face of apprenticeships schemes by paying apprentices complete salaries, which equate to more than double the national average of £6 per hour.

According to Computer Weekly, four apprentices have already joined the new scheme to begin the two-year, Level 3 qualification for IT and telecoms professions which offers full Ofsted-accredited training.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of UKFast, announced the decision: “I have been so disappointed to hear fellow businessmen describe apprenticeships as a way to pay low wages for high work outputs. We don’t see our apprentices this way. We have a responsibility to pay them the wage that they earn and to empower them to forge the careers that they want.”

Jones added: “It is time for other businesses to do the same; to see these schemes as an opportunity to help the apprentices and the business grow together and invest in them appropriately.

“We’ve made a promise to nurture young people in their progression to becoming the industry experts who are the future of not only our company, but the country’s digital future.”