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NECC Welcomes Apprenticeships Incentives

 

The North East's largest business membership organisation today welcomed Government moves to incentivise apprenticeships.

The North East's largest business membership organisation today welcomed Government moves to incentivise apprenticeships.

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), backed Business Secretary Vince Cable's announcement on new measures to ensure more young people benefit from an apprenticeship, and to help employers gain the skilled workers they need to grow as a step in the right direction.

As part of the Government's plan for growth, Ministers want to make it easier for companies to take on apprentices, and ensure that the quality of apprenticeships is continually improved. The Government aims to slash red tape that can deter hard pressed firms from taking on apprentices, and provide a financial incentive to help the smallest firms recruit their first young apprentices.

James Ramsbotham said:

"NECC has campaigned long and hard to for stronger incentives to help more businesses access the many benefits of apprenticeships and as the region's largest independent apprenticeships provider we welcome today's announcement as a step in the right direction.

"For many companies apprenticeships are a critical way of training young people and adults to fill specific roles within their organisations, helping both the individual and business develop together.

"By removing the red tape, making education more accessible and flexible and covering a percentage of the costs of an apprenticeship today's announcement will not only help boost workforce skills levels, but also help address the worrying rise in youth unemployment."