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?