Employers of young apprentices will no longer pay National Insurance contributions

Employers of young apprentices will no longer pay National Insurance contributions – News stories – GOV.UK

Employers of young apprentices are set to save thousands of pounds after the government abolished employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25 years of age.

The change, which came into effect on 6 April 2016, will make hiring an apprentice even better value for employers across the country.

This exemption will apply to both existing employers with apprentices and those taking on a new apprentice.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

We’re making it even better value for businesses to take on a young apprentice. Businesses will no longer need to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25.

Apprenticeships make sense for young people and for business. If you’re an employer not already reaping the benefits, now is the time to act.

The government is committed to reforming apprenticeships to ensure they are high quality and responsive to the needs of employers by:

giving employers the power to design and deliver new apprenticeships as part of the new Trailblazer initiative. There are now more than 1,300 employers designing apprenticeships in a broad range of jobs, from TV production to nuclear engineering

introducing a new £10 million fund to boost the number of degree apprenticeships available, providing more opportunities for young people to get a degree while working at a top company

creating the Institute for Apprenticeships by April 2017 – a new independent body, led by employers that will ensure the quality of apprenticeships in England

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 took place from 14 to 18 March 2016 and saw hundreds of events take place across the country and more than 30,000 new apprenticeship places pledged by employers

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Wilshaw challenges the FE Sector at AAC 2016, but also has to answer some tough questions himself…

At the AAC Conference in Birmingham #AAC2016
Sir Michael Wilshaw (Ofsted) Chief Inspector, gave lots of challenges to the FE sector around the quality of Maths and English and also the improvement of apprenticeship outcomes, but also was asked lots of tough questions too! He stated that locally and nationally, employers would need assistance to ensure that they can meet the challenges of delivering apprenticeships under the future reforms. 

This is where NAppCO can be part of the solution. Handling payments, administration, mentoring and the general complications that is required when you handle funding etc. Simply Hiding the wiring.. Sign up now at www.nationalapprenticeshipcompany.co.uk


Apprenticeship Reforms call for radical model… FE News..

Paul Champion on the launch of the National Apprenticeship CompanyTuesday, 01 March 2016 19:19

New Venture

Paul Champion chats about the launch of the National Apprenticeship Company with FE News at the Apprenticeships 4 England conference. Paul is the CEO of the Profound Group and has just launched the National Apprenticeship Company.

The National Apprenticeship Company is being set up to develop a new radical system to engage employers, for Training Providers to work together to deliver high quality Apprenticeships and a joint up approach to end assessment.

The National Apprenticeship Company will initially work with employers, training providers and to help hand hold employers through the bureaucracy of delivering high quality Apprenticeship

Paul explains that Apprenticeships are going through such a fundamental reforms that has not been seen for a generation that Profound Group have launched the National Apprenticeship Company to help employers understand and work within the new Apprenticeship reforms to help employers engage learners on high quality Apprenticeships and to procure and work with high quality Apprenticeship Training Providers.




Don’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do! Hesitate and it could be too late!! 

Recently, the chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has warned providers that failing to adapt to changes in the FE sector could put their future in the market at risk.

Peter Lauener, who is also chief executive of the Education Funding Agency, described recent changes in the sector as radical and stressed the importance of providers finding ways to work with the new system.

He told an audience dominated by colleges and training providers: “This is a radical, radical change programme and in any radical change programme there are some organisations, some employers that will adapt and work out the best way of working with the new system — and there are others that will take longer.”

He warned that failing to adjust to developments, such as the impending introduction of the apprenticeship levy, could jeopardise providers’ progress.

“There is risk in this, particularly probably for training organisations and for colleges if they don’t adapt to the new world,” he said.

Mr Lauener repeatedly acknowledged that the process would not be an easy one, but reassured his audience that though there were “some big, big challenges” there would also be “some big opportunities”.

The National Apprenticeship Company is not hanging around!!  We are developing a model that will support not only employers and training providers, it will enable all of the key players needed to have an effective transition through the reforms to work together and deliver quality apprenticeships for many years to come. 

Don’t hang around keep informed by signing up and telling the world “ImIn” at www.nationalapprenticeshipcompany.co.uk or call paul on 07557447191.

Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, don’t be left behind!!! 


Get involved and be part of the solution. 


After a really successful Apprenticeships 4 England conference where we had unprecedented support for the National Apprenticeship Company we will be starting to get more information out to those 400+ early adopters and innovators who have supported us in our early concept stages.  
We will be meeting with our key partners and also organising some roadshows to get the message and vision for the next 5 years out there, so keep an eye out for those dates. 

There is clearly a need for NAppCo during this once in a generation change to learning and skills in England and with the right partners and collaborators is potentially the radical change in the business model that the government is looking for .

Lots of new partners and opportunites being developed through NAppCo so don’t delay in getting involved at http://www.nationalapprenticeshipcompany.co.uk. 


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