More young people in South Holland could find themselves in work with the abolition of employers’ national insurance on apprenticeships.
Harry Drury, from Spalding Chamber of Commerce, said the step to cut employment costs for businesses will improve the skills of individuals and teams as well as building a stronger Lincolnshire economy.
“We hope that more businesses will hire apprentices,” he said.
News on apprenticeships was also welcomed by county councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, who said: “We’ve been helping smaller employers understand the benefits of apprentices, and this move could encourage more to take them on.”
Both men also welcomed the reduction in business rates announced by the Government in the autumn statement as well as measures to make it easier for businesses to access loans.
Coun Davie said: “Some local firms have been held back through a lack of finance.”