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    Subway advertises for ‘Apprentice Sandwich Artists’ to be paid just £3.50 per hour


    Fast food chain Subway has come under fire for seeking to pay young “apprentices” just £3.50 per hour.

    An advert listed on a Government website, which has since been taken down, sought applicants to become “Apprentice Sandwich Artists” at the fast food chain’s Gateshead branch.

    Successful candidates were offered just £119 per week for five 8pm to 5pm days, including weekends, which it said amounted to 35 hours of work. The rate is the minimum that employers are required to pay apprentices by law.

    The advert suggested apprentices would carry out the same tasks as normal Subway employees. Tasks listed included using the cash register, collecting payment, cashing up, preparing food and cleaning the restaurant.

    Rhys McCarthy, national officer for Unite said Subway’s advert “stretches the definition of apprenticeship to breaking point. The multi-national sandwich maker is looking more like a rip off artist.”

    Mr McCarthy said that the union welcomed the return of genuine apprenticeships but the scheme should not be used as an “exploitation charter by unscrupulous bosses to hire young people on the cheap”.

    “We certainly don’t expect rich multi nationals like Subway to be exploiting young people in this way,” Mr McCarthy added.

    Last November the Public Accounts Committee urged the Department for Education to look at the quality of apprenticeships being produced. The Government has committed to creating three million apprentices between 2015 and 2020 and funded the scheme with £1.5bn of public money in 2015-16.

    The PAC said the only current measure of the programme's success was the number of positions created and warned the Government to be aware of the “crucial distinction” between quality and quantity.

    The criticism followed a National Audit Office assessment in September which said the DfE lacked “clear rationale” for funding the programme because it could not demonstrate how increased apprenticeship numbers would benefit national productivity.

    The NAO found the DfE took no measures to assess whether apprenticeships were boosting skills, addressing skills gaps or improving achievement rates. Without these metrics, the watchdog said it was unlikely the Department could judge whether or not the scheme was a success.

    A Subway spokesperson said : “The SUBWAY brand offers a comprehensive training programme for all its team members from franchisees to Sandwich Artists™. Each franchisee candidate is required to complete formal training and Sandwich Artists™ are trained on customer service excellence, food quality and health and safety procedures."

    No one from the DfE was immediately available for comment.
    Subway advertises for ?Apprentice Sandwich Artists? to be paid just £3.50 per hour | The Independent

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    Where can I apply?


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    To get paid that pittance is OK if you become a skilled tradesman within a few years and can then command a high hourly rate.
    But putting together shit tasting fast food plastic shite only leads to... putting together more shit tasting fast food plastic shite.

    The government should only allow this pay for proper apprentice positions with a solid future.

    "Sandwich artists"
    What a load of bollox.

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    "Sandwich Artists"...

    <snigger>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017
    To get paid that pittance is OK if you become a skilled tradesman within a few years and can then command a high hourly rate.
    Agree. I started up with far less as an appentice baiter on a salmon trawler. Took a while but was rewarded after getting my master papers.

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    Apprentice sandwich maker....................

    FFS what next?

    Apprentice sitting in a chair?

    Apprentice toilet cleaner?

    Con after con after con................


    Cnuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post

    I shall apply as soon as I get home.

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    I have a mate who has a Pizza hut franchise, basically all the big chain take away pizza places (pizza hut, dominoes) in the UK are franchisees so I presume subway is the same, and what they have to pay for the franchise then they have to order everything from pizza hut at their prices, the margins are not as good as people may imagine even at their rip off prices of £20 a pizza so to make it worthwhile they have to keep costs to a minimum. I don't agree with my mates practices but in store he will only employ 16 and 17 year olds if he can and his drivers will all be under 25 to keep his wage bill as low as possible, all on minimum wage and younger they are less has to pay them. Also he tries to keep as many of his staff as possible working less than 16 hours a week so no employee national insurance to pay. His shop takes circa £15k a week and he doesn't even clear £1k a week, don't know why he bothers myself and neither does he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    *Notepad, and pencil out*

    Making a list

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    Application from Con artists.

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    Half a million new apprenticeships a year for the youth, it's the only advert on the radio in the car at the moment.

    Not engineering etc like it use to be but this shit.

    Makes the government figures look good though at the moment and fook the future skills shortage of the UK in the future.

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    Does art imitate life?...What do they pay a sausage artist?...

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    This scam is pathetic and should be illegal. Yea, lets exploit the kids for a nickel more as they are vulnerable easy prey. You've really got to feel good about that at the end of the day. Good job corporate.

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    Apprentice Pie Makers in SEA.

    PM Sent.

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    Perhaps I could advertise for apprentice felatio artistes.
    200 baht per day, full training given.
    And a certificate at the end.

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    Surely it should be a no pay internship?

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    Trainee sarnie wallah at Subway, or apprenticed to a Master Barista at Starbucks.?

    The future is bright for kids eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Half a million new apprenticeships a year for the youth, it's the only advert on the radio in the car at the moment. Not engineering etc like it use to be but this shit. Makes the government figures look good though at the moment and fook the future skills shortage of the UK in the future.
    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker
    Yea, lets exploit the kids for a nickel more as they are vulnerable easy prey. You've really got to feel good about that at the end of the day. Good job corporate.
    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Trainee sarnie wallah at Subway, or apprenticed to a Master Barista at Starbucks.? The future is bright for kids eh
    Here in the States these are the types of 'careers'("service" jobs) that made up the bulk of the jobs providing for the low unemployment rate(4.7%) in the brilliant Obama economy.

    Why America’s impressive 5% unemployment rate feels like a lie for so many
    https://qz.com/666311/why-americas-i...ls-like-a-lie/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Does art imitate life?...What do they pay a sausage artist?...
    Nothing. Arse gratia anus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    I have a mate who has a Pizza hut franchise, basically all the big chain take away pizza places (pizza hut, dominoes) in the UK are franchisees so I presume subway is the same, and what they have to pay for the franchise then they have to order everything from pizza hut at their prices, the margins are not as good as people may imagine even at their rip off prices of £20 a pizza so to make it worthwhile they have to keep costs to a minimum. I don't agree with my mates practices but in store he will only employ 16 and 17 year olds if he can and his drivers will all be under 25 to keep his wage bill as low as possible, all on minimum wage and younger they are less has to pay them. Also he tries to keep as many of his staff as possible working less than 16 hours a week so no employee national insurance to pay. His shop takes circa £15k a week and he doesn't even clear £1k a week, don't know why he bothers myself and neither does he.
    Didn't Subway and 7/11 come under fire in Australia for doing these sorts of things to Indian imports?

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    ^ Yeah they pay them in full so all legit on the books then they force them to pull money out of an ATM and pay them back what they agreed on off the books.

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