Join Workwhile at our next K² Expert Panel Event on 27th July, focusing on the importance of paying fair and livable wages to apprentices.
What? Expert Panel: A Fair Day’s Wage – why apprentice salaries matter
When? Thursday 27th July, 11am-12pm
Where? A virtual event taking place via zoom
What is a fair day’s wage for an apprentice – and what is the potential impact of ensuring fair pay for all apprentices? The LPC will host SME leaders who have taken the leap to paying their apprentices London Living Wage or similar, who will share their experience on this process as well as the impact it’s had on the apprentices and the business as a whole.
Apprentices are legally entitled to a minimum wage of just £5.28 per hour, regardless of their age. It’s a level which our own polling found that 78% of people think is too low to live on. And despite the most disadvantaged learners having the most to gain from apprenticeships according to the Social Mobility Commission, this low rate of pay means some people simply can’t afford to take the opportunity of an apprenticeship.
In the context of the cost-of-living crisis, as well as the rising cost of university, we’ll be discussing why it’s key to ensure that apprenticeship wages can offer young people and those changing sectors the opportunity to live well and independently whilst learning.
We are delighted to announce our guest speakers...
We'll be hosting Youth Futures Foundation to share their insight as a large, independent non-profit, on the case for better apprentice pay; what the impact is on apprentices' lives, staff retention, and on business productivity when paying a real living wage.
Jane McRobbie, Social Value Delivery Lead at ACCIONA Industrial UK. A construction company that invests in, develops and operates infrastructure that makes our planet more sustainable. A recognised leader in developing assets with additional value for people and the planet.
Kaye Stuart, Managing Director and Co-Founder at North Star Pre school. With a degree in education and post-graduate qualification in Early Years, Kaye and her co-founder Christina opened a preschool in a deprived area of London, offering fully funded childcare to parents. They believe all children are entitled to feel safe and flourish in education regardless of home life or financial background.
Registrations are free and open now via eventbrite link here, a recording of the event will be shared with all registrants unable to attend live.