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Apprentices

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to reduce the barriers to taking on an apprentice for smaller businesses; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

holding answer 25 November 2011

On 16 November I announced a number of measures that will be taken to simplify the process and support smaller businesses to take on an apprentice. These measures include a financial incentive of £1,500 to help small businesses employ their first apprentice, significantly reducing the time it takes to recruit an apprentice, and stripping out all the unnecessary, additional health and safety requirements placed on employers that take on apprentices.

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