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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01426: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to spend income generated as a result of the apprenticeship levy.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 August 2016

We will use the findings from the consultation which closes on 26 August to inform our forthcoming spending review decisions.

On 13 July, we launched a consultation with employers and wider stakeholders to develop a distinctly Scottish approach which supports apprenticeships and wider skills development. It can be found at

The Scottish Government has yet to receive final details of the financial settlement that it will get from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017. However, we want to take full account of employers’ views on how Levy funding coming to Scotland can be used to benefit employers, individuals and the economy as a whole.