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S5W-01952: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-29352 by Annabelle Ewing on 29 January 2016, whether it will provide an update on how the scheme will apply in Scotland.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 September 2016

While we have yet to receive final details of the financial settlement that the Scottish Government will receive from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017, we are aware of the importance of engaging with employers in Scotland in shaping our response.

Our engagement with employers has focused on developing an approach which covers a range of ways in which the use of Levy funding coming to Scotland might support our wider social and economic ambitions while protecting our current Modern Apprenticeship commitments.

Over the summer we undertook further consultation with employers and other interested parties, the terms of which were informed by the prior engagement. We received over 350 responses to this consultation which closed on 26 August 2016.

We will consider responses as swiftly to ensure arrangements are in place to use the levy as soon as possible.