According to the George Osborne’s latest Autumn Statement, the Government intends to abolish the jobs tax on young apprentices as part of its long-term economic plan to help businesses. Overall, the construction industry is in favour of the policy, claiming that the Government is acknowledging the need to develop a new generation of skilled young people across all sectors – especially if it wants new build targets to be met.
Responding to the announcement, David Rowbotham, Mace Director, safety & socioeconomics comments: “We welcome the chancellor’s comments on apprenticeships. Incentives are being put in place, including cutting national insurance contributions for companies who take on young people under the age of 25. However, a promise to deliver the best schools, skills and apprenticeships for young people, needs the right support. Companies have a key role to play in inspiring the next generation and equipping them with the right skills for our industry’s future needs.”
In this month’s Legal & Business, we explore the issue of apprentices and taking the correct approach. FC&A hears from solicitor Abisola Latunji from law firm SGH Martineau about the different types of apprenticeships, the relevant formalities, employers’ rights and obligations under the contract and possible sources of funding. Find out more on page 24.
Elsewhere in this edition, you will find dedicated features on Kitchens, Washrooms & Bathrooms, Refurb & Renovation, Doors & Windows and Roofing, Cladding & Insulation.
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