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December 15, 2014

The Autumn Statement

Chancellor George Osborne’s statement this week has caused a mixed reaction across the industry with regards to the future of apprenticeships.

From April 2016 the government will make it cheaper for employers to take on an apprentice by abolishing employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25.

“Clearly, this is going to be very beneficial for employers and apprentices. When you look at the savings an employer will make over a three-year period, it’s quite substantial. It will also encourage more employers who were doubtful about taking on an apprentice to take that first step” Kevin Wellman, CEO for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

On the contrary, Brian Berry, the chief executive of the federation of Master Builders is concerned about the uncertainty of the apprenticeship funding following the new statement. “Apprenticeship funding still hangs in the balance with no clarity offered by the Autumn Statement… uncertainty around apprenticeship policy is the last thing our industry needs when facing an ever-growing skills gap”.

We want to hear your opinion:

Are you happy about the abolishment of the employer National Insurance contributions? Would this persuade you to take on an apprentice now? Do you have any concerns over uncertainty?

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