The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission to consider the detailed arrangements for an apprentice minimum wage under the NMW framework and to recommend the rate and arrangements that should replace the existing exemptions, together with the timing for its introduction. Apprentices are currently exempt from the NMW if they are under 19 or are over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

The Low Pay Commission has written to employers seeking views by 8 September 2009.