Apprenticeships should be available for all, not just the young

I propose that the law is changed when it comes to apprenticeships and pay.

Currently, if you'd like (or need) to change vocations in the UK, it is almost impossible to do so if you are aged over 19.

The reason for this obstacle is that the law currently states employers must begin paying the full adult rate minimum wage after 12 months if the apprentice is aged over 19 (despite the fact they are nowhere near qualifying in their new trade), whilst 16-19 year olds are able to work on the apprentice minimum wage rate for the entire 2-3 years it takes to complete the NVQ and become qualified.

I propose that the "12 month limit" for those apprentices choosing to retrain over the age of 19 is removed entirely, so that regardless of age, employers are able to take on any apprentice for the full 2-3 years it takes to complete their studies; not just the young.

Why is this idea important?

I propose that the law is changed when it comes to apprenticeships and pay.

Currently, if you'd like (or need) to change vocations in the UK, it is almost impossible to do so if you are aged over 19.

The reason for this obstacle is that the law currently states employers must begin paying the full adult rate minimum wage after 12 months if the apprentice is aged over 19 (despite the fact they are nowhere near qualifying in their new trade), whilst 16-19 year olds are able to work on the apprentice minimum wage rate for the entire 2-3 years it takes to complete the NVQ and become qualified.

I propose that the "12 month limit" for those apprentices choosing to retrain over the age of 19 is removed entirely, so that regardless of age, employers are able to take on any apprentice for the full 2-3 years it takes to complete their studies; not just the young.

Replace National minimum wage with a Regional minimum wage

There have been suggestions on this site to scrap national minimum wage altogether.

I can't agree with that. I think it would be a backwards step, hence me starting a new thread.

My idea is that we should alter the National Minimum Wage law and introduce a Regional Minimum Wage linked to the cost of living.

It's blindingly obvious that the current minimum wage stretches a lot further in the North than it does in the South. This needs to be adressed.

My belief is that the banks and call centers do actually want UK staff talking to UK people, and the UK car companies also would prefer to have UK people too, but everyone in the UK costs the same price…and that price is too expensive when compared to other regions in Europe and the rest of the world.

A call center staff member living in London might indeed need £6 an hour to simply survive, but £6 an hour in Newcastle or Liverpool buys a whole lot more where the rents, council tax, travel costs and house prices are so much lower.

Why is this idea important?

There have been suggestions on this site to scrap national minimum wage altogether.

I can't agree with that. I think it would be a backwards step, hence me starting a new thread.

My idea is that we should alter the National Minimum Wage law and introduce a Regional Minimum Wage linked to the cost of living.

It's blindingly obvious that the current minimum wage stretches a lot further in the North than it does in the South. This needs to be adressed.

My belief is that the banks and call centers do actually want UK staff talking to UK people, and the UK car companies also would prefer to have UK people too, but everyone in the UK costs the same price…and that price is too expensive when compared to other regions in Europe and the rest of the world.

A call center staff member living in London might indeed need £6 an hour to simply survive, but £6 an hour in Newcastle or Liverpool buys a whole lot more where the rents, council tax, travel costs and house prices are so much lower.

Prison sentences could be served in the army instead of prison

Most criminals are young males. Young males from broken homes, with poor education and poor future prospects. They want nice things, but sadly resort to crime to get it.

Currently, when such a person commits a crime, they are either sent to prison for a few months (where they are among like minded criminals who "normalise" their criminal activities and teach them more advanced methods) or they are let back into the same communities that they have terrorised for months, on the tag system, where they can proudly show off their "tag" as a badge of honour to their peers.

It needs to change. Ken Clarke said that prisons aren't working. He's right. They're overcrowded with people whose lives are on pause, sleeping and waiting for food whilst watching tv' and playing on PlayStations.

We need to instill a sense of national pride and respect into these people. We need to place them into an environment that teaches them the skills they never learned. We need them to be surrounded by people they can look up to and have respect for. We need the condition to be "if you can't learn to work as part of this team, it could cost you your life tomorrow".

Conscript these wrongdoers into the army for the length of their sentence. Give them a uniform and boots and ship them out to the nearest drill camp in preparation for their duty of service either in the uk or abroad.

Let them complete an NVQ in engineeering, vehicle mechanics, catering or similar…basically teach them a trade whilst in the army. Let them learn from our respected soldiers before they return to our communties and let them come back into society reformed, re-educated and with a new found respect as well as a brighter future ahead.

Why is this idea important?

Most criminals are young males. Young males from broken homes, with poor education and poor future prospects. They want nice things, but sadly resort to crime to get it.

Currently, when such a person commits a crime, they are either sent to prison for a few months (where they are among like minded criminals who "normalise" their criminal activities and teach them more advanced methods) or they are let back into the same communities that they have terrorised for months, on the tag system, where they can proudly show off their "tag" as a badge of honour to their peers.

It needs to change. Ken Clarke said that prisons aren't working. He's right. They're overcrowded with people whose lives are on pause, sleeping and waiting for food whilst watching tv' and playing on PlayStations.

We need to instill a sense of national pride and respect into these people. We need to place them into an environment that teaches them the skills they never learned. We need them to be surrounded by people they can look up to and have respect for. We need the condition to be "if you can't learn to work as part of this team, it could cost you your life tomorrow".

Conscript these wrongdoers into the army for the length of their sentence. Give them a uniform and boots and ship them out to the nearest drill camp in preparation for their duty of service either in the uk or abroad.

Let them complete an NVQ in engineeering, vehicle mechanics, catering or similar…basically teach them a trade whilst in the army. Let them learn from our respected soldiers before they return to our communties and let them come back into society reformed, re-educated and with a new found respect as well as a brighter future ahead.