UK apprenticeships: Opportunity or exploitation?

Connor Green
IPED: Interdisciplinary perspectives on equality and diversity   unpublished
This essay examines current perceptions of UK apprenticeship pay from multiple perspectives. The essay takes a qualitative approach with each of the stakeholders involved, policy-­makers, apprentices, employers and trade unions. The argument is that current regulatory levels of apprentice pay are low, leaving apprentices open to exploitation from some employers. However, the data also indicates that pay can be offset by developing skills. Furthermore, what also appears to be needed in a
more » ... ul apprenticeship scheme is the presence of familial support. This, it is argued, makes it difficult for those young people, who do not come from stable solvent family backgrounds to consider being an apprentice.