Unionlearn welcomes Holt Review
Unionlearn calls on the Government to respond to this aspect of the review in more detail, setting out how they will achieve the 'parity of esteem' between academic and vocational education that Mr Holt calls for in the review.
Additionally, unionlearn welcomes the Holt review's statements on the 'perceived burden of employment rights', making it clear that all apprentices are entitled to rights under the Employment Rights Act and that the myth of bureaucracy in this areas needs to be tackled.
Unionlearn continues to be concerned that a minority of apprentices are not receiving their employment rights. The recent BIS Apprenticeship Pay Survey revealed that 21 per cent of apprentices in England are being paid less than the legal minimum wage and 10 per cent are being paid less than the Apprentice National Minimum Wage Rate.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
All unionlearn press releases can be found at www.unionlearn.org.uk
The BIS Apprenticeship Pay Survey can be found here:http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/a/12-p137-apprenticeship-pay-survey-2011.pdf