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My son has just turned 18 on 27.11.19. He started a plumbing

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My son has just turned 18 on 27.11.19. He started a plumbing apprenticeship in September 2018. He commenced his college course in September 2018. Does his wage go up now he is 18 and in his 2nd year apprenticeship or foes he have to wait until he is 19. There is conflicting information on the internet. Can you clarify this for me please?
Assistant: Where is your son? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Do you mean where does he live? He lives in Leigh, Lancashire, WN73PP.
Assistant: What steps has your son taken so far?
Customer: He has asked his employer and he says it is when he is 19 according to the internet. But I have seen on the government website that if your in your 2nd year and 18, the wage goes up to £6.15 an hour.
Assistant: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No

Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.

Can I just check, what is he receiving at the moment?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Oo, hello. I'm Melanie Woods the parent of my son.on the apprenticeship.

Hi there. Did you receive my query?

Can I just check, what is he receiving at the moment?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
The minimum wage of £3.90 an hour.

Many thanks for your patience. So to clarify the law on the minimum wage:

 

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

· aged under 19

· aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

 

Looking at his situation, he is 18 so satisfied the first point above.

 

They are then entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

· are aged 19 or over; and

· have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

 

In his case, he is not 19 yet, been though he is in his second year, so he does not meet the full criteria to get the minimum wage and therefore would still only get the apprentice rate, at least until he turns 19.

 

Does this answer your query?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Yes Thank you for your help.

All the best

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