You might have seen that the National Living Wage is set to rise by 9.8%. In response, Bright Horizons, a leading childcare provider in the UK, has pledged to uphold its commitment to supporting both new and existing apprentices with competitive rates of pay.
Even prior to the budget update, Bright Horizons was recognised for its sector-leading approach to apprentice pay. The company sets the benchmark with apprentice rates starting at an impressive £10.42 per hour, rising to £11.98 per hour.
Janine Leightley, HR director at Bright Horizons, said, “It was pleasing to see in the recent Autumn Statement that apprentices will get a rise. We are proud to say that we already have established improved levels of pay as well as well as other forms of support for our highly valued apprentices.
The company emphasises its commitment to quality learning by partnering with high-calibre learning providers who deliver apprenticeship programs through both online and face-to-face methods.
As Leightley explains, “Our approach is adapted to meet individual learning styles and differentiated to support everyone.”
Bright Horizons currently offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities, with nearly 500 apprentices actively contributing to the company’s success.
the most popular apprenticeship program revolves around early years, where apprentices work and study towards a level 2 early years practitioner or level 3 early years educator apprenticeship through work-based learning. early years apprenticeships also incorporate level 1 and 2 functional skills in maths and English.
In 2021, Bright Horizons joined The 5% Club, a coalition of over 500 employers spanning various sectors. Members of The 5% Club commit to increasing the number of apprentices, sponsored students, and graduates on formal programs to 5% of their total workforce within five years. This initiative aligns with Bright Horizons’ dedication to expanding earn-and-learn opportunities across the UK.