This means that unless a young person has supporting parents or can rely on, they cannot afford to take on an apprenticeship.
Is an apprenticeship classed as a student?
Apprentices, are neither employees nor students. They do not qualify for the National Minimum Wage because they are not workers, and they do not qualify for student loans, subsidised travel, or student bank accounts since they are not students.
Parents also lose child benefit and tax benefits since an apprentice, although attending classes and studying for a trade qualification, is no longer considered in school.