||<p>Apprenticeships are paid jobs with training - they benefit people of all ages and
backgrounds, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn without having to pay for
training or qualifications.</p><p>We provide funding so that employers and providers
can support their apprentices with some of the costs of their apprenticeships. We
provide up to £600 to training providers to support apprentices from the 27 per cent
most disadvantaged postcode areas when they train on a framework, and £150 a month
where an apprentice requires further learning support as a result of conditions such
as dyslexia or other learning difficulties and disabilities. We also provide a £1,000
payment to providers and employers when they take on a 16-18 year old apprentice.
The funding we provide ensures that any additional costs are not passed on to employers
or providers.</p><p>A young person on an apprenticeship will receive at least the
apprentice national minimum wage, which increased to £3.70 per hour in April 2018.
This represents a 5.7 per cent increase and means the Apprentice rate is at a record
high in nominal and real terms. The Low Pay Commission estimates that the increase
will benefit up to 34,000 apprentices. In England, the mean pay rate for level 2 apprentices
is £6.69; the level 2 median is £6.35. The mean pay rate for level 3 apprentices is
£7.38; the level 3 median is £7.10.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, from August 2018, we
are introducing a £1,000 bursary to eligible care leavers aged 16-24 starting an apprenticeship.
We understand that care leavers face particular financial disadvantage and government
has a responsibility to support them as they transition into the world of work through