Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has welcomed Government plans that encourage small businesses to take on young people as apprentices through a new incentive scheme. As part of the recently announced Youth Contract, local firms in Ipswich and Suffolk will be offered cash incentives of up to £1,500 to take on new 18 – 24-year-old as apprentices.
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme provides support to small-medium sized businesses with less than 250 employees. This scheme has been made simple for businesses and the amount is more than enough to cover an employer’s National Insurance contributions for employing a young person for a year.
Details of the employers incentive scheme come on the back of encouraging results in a recently published survey carried out by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which found that local manufacturing firms in Suffolk are doing well and taking on more staff. Unemployment has also been falling in Suffolk since December 2011 and fell by 10,000 in March across the East of England.
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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...
Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.