A CONSERVATIVE Thurrock councillor has welcomed the proposal to increase the wage rate for Thurrock Council apprentices.
South Chafford councillor, Charlie Key spoke at the full council meeting.
Councillor Key welcomed the recommendation regarding increasing apprenticeship rates and was pleased at this “meaningful step”, which ensured that young employees received a better deal.
Cllr Key acknowledged that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee had a strong focus on apprenticeships and that members shared a common ground in this area.
He also recognised that this is where scrutiny undertook good work.
Cllr Key felt that the next focus should be on encouraging, rewarding and retaining graduates.