The headlines from this week’s budget related to:
- National Minimum Wage for Apprentices to rise above inflation from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour and increases in other NMW levels.
- £8.5m to explore new maths resit approaches
- Extra £20m for colleges to prepare for ‘T’ Levels
There are some doubts emerging as to whether much of the investment announced is actually new money but the focus on skills in the budget has been welcomed.