HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc250-1W
Dr. Stoate

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of Modern Apprentices in each profession receive the minimum

training allowance; and what is the average (a) wage and (b) training allowance received by Modern Apprentices in each profession. [91331]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

In 2001–02, 2 per cent. of starts on Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, and 15 per cent. of starts on Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, were by people who received a training allowance. These trainees receive at least the minimum training allowance of £40 per week, but some will receive more than this. However, we are not able to give the proportion that are on the minimum allowance, or break this down by sector. The majority of Modern Apprentices are employed and are paid a wage by their employer. The rate of pay for a Modern Apprentice is agreed by the employer and the individual apprentice.