Apprenticeship NIC abolition will encourage growth, says ALMR

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The abolition of National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25 will provide a boost for businesses, according to the ALMR.

The measure was announced at the 2014 Autumn Statement and came into effect last week.

ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is a positive move from the Government and should go some way to helping businesses invest in their staff and boost apprenticeship take-up. Scrapping NICs for apprentices under the age of 25 will reduce financial burdens for employers and allow them to push that money back into training and further employment.

“There is certainly more the Government can do if they want to further encourage apprenticeships and reach their goal of 3 million. The ALMR has been pushing for measures to encourage apprenticeships including additional funding and bonuses for those businesses that take on an apprentice. A similar scrapping of NICs which extends to all employees, not just apprentices, under the age of 25 would provide an even greater boost for employers and allow them to continue growing both their businesses and their local economies.”



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