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IER research used to inform apprenticeship pay setting

The Low Pay Commission's Report 2020 was launched on 9th December 2020, and was used to set National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for 2020/21 as announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 25th November 2020.

IER's report 'How Employers Set Pay For Apprentices' involved a multivariate analysis of apprenticeship pay data, and 30 case study interviews with employers delivering apprenticeship frameworks where low pay was greatest. Read more about the results of the study here.

Future Proofing Apprenticeships

The study explored how apprenticeships could be developed to meet the changing job roles and skills needs, and help to ‘build back better’ in two sectors where the Co-op delivers most apprenticeships: food retail and funeral care.

Despite distinct differences between the two sectors, there were a lot of common themes including a broadening of job roles, more flexible working and the need to develop digital skills.

The report 'Future Proofing Apprenticeships' was launched at a virtual conference on Thursday 26th November, attended by sector stakeholders, apprenticeship organisations and Government Departments.