Merseyside has highest number of low paid apprenticeships

An investigation by the Liverpool ECHO into apprenticeship wages has found that three quarters of employers in Merseyside pay the lowest possible wage of £2.68 per hour.

By contrast to the regions of the seven other ‘core cities’, Merseyside had the highest proportion of the lowest-paid apprenticeships. In Bristol, 33% of apprentices received £2.68 an hour, and in Greater Manchester the figure was around 50%.

Mary Smyth, operations manager at Liverpool Chamber Training, which is part of the Chamber of Commerce, said: “The aim of our apprenticeships is to ensure that the young person stays in that job. Initially we try to increase that £2.68 to maybe £3.10. It’s important to weed out employers that are not committed. It’s about training, development and social responsibility.”