Student Leader says apprentices must get paid for offsite training

Following the publication of National Society of Apprentices survey findings which show that one in six apprentices surveyed do not get paid for offsite training, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said it is essential that all apprentices are paid for this training. Olivia said that she was deeply concerned with apprentice pay and conditions, and said that these issues must be addressed urgently.

NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said: “The results of the National Society of Apprentices survey is staggering, and the issues that it raises must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“It is deeply troubling that one in six apprentices surveyed do not receive payment for attending offsite training.

“Apprentices play a massive role in our economy and their skills are essential to job creation and economic development. It is vital that their contribution is recognised financially and they are paid for everything that they do in terms of work and training.

“It is also extremely worrying that this research showed that a fifth of the apprentices surveyed said that they felt they did not receive training within the job. This issue requires significant attention as it is crucial that all apprentices receive training within their job.”

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