Lib Dems propose no national insurance for apprentices

The Liberal Democrats have today pledged to continue a policy of National Insurance exemption for apprentices for the duration of next parliament.

Lib dem leader Nick Clegg meets apprentices on his campaign trail Credit: PA

The policy, which would allow businesses hiring apprentices under the age of 25 to not pay National Insurance Contributions, has already been committed to by the coalition government, and will come into effect in April next year.

Today the party has also announced plans to provide apprenticeship grants for businesses in England, boosting the Welsh budget by around £25 million over the next parliament.

We will make it cheaper for employers to take on an apprentices by abolishing employer National Insurance Contributions for people under the age of 25.

This will boost the Welsh economy while helping people to build careers. This is a pledge for the whole of the next parliament.

As we grow our economy, the Liberal Democrats believe we must enhance adult skills training and our further education colleges. Only then we can become the apprenticeship powerhouse of Europe.

– Jane Dodds, Parliamentary candidate, Montgomeryshire