Well we end the year with some positive news in light of the recent budget where Chancellor Osbourne announced the abolition of Employer National Insurance payments for businesses employing apprentices under the age of 25 - coming into effect in 2016.
Diane Johnson, chair of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), commented, “This announcement, and the confirmation that employers will not have to pay NI for staff under the age of 21 from April next year will provide a welcome boost for apprenticeships. It will benefit employers at a time when many are uncertain about the costs of recruiting apprentices and when recovery is taking root in our industry, hopefully leading to a long term increase in the number of firms recruiting apprentices.”
Despite the fact that the industry still needs support when it comes to apprenticeship training, this is a positive step towards reducing the skills gap.
We take a closer look at this, as well as the other burning issues in the industry, in our 2014 review of the year (page 28), along with all our regular features, news and latest product releases.
Joe Bush - Editor
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