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Thurrock Borough Council: Minimum Wage

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account Jobcentre Plus took of the legislative provisions on the national minimum wage in advertising a job for an apprentice administrative assistant with Thurrock borough council, reference GRT 57556, for 37 hours a week at a weekly salary of £95; and if she will make a statement. (325699)

The vacancy to which the hon. Member refers is part of a modern apprenticeship scheme. The £95 per week is a training allowance which is national minimum wage exempt. Thurrock borough council is accredited as part of the modern apprenticeships scheme.

Modern apprenticeships are paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level. They are available in most sectors of industry and commerce and can provide lifelong career opportunities.

Apprenticeships offer candidates the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise through on-the-job assessment. Many apprentices also attend college or training centres.