Date lodged: 17 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to use its share of the UK Apprenticeship Levy.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 24 May 2017
Funding notionally received from the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy through the block grant is not additional money, and largely replaces funding the Scottish Government would have previously received. Taking account of public bodies' contributions to the Levy, public sector spending leeway in Scotland will be reduced by around £30 million. Unlike the UK Government, we consulted extensively on how to respond to the Levy. In December I published details of how we will budget for apprenticeship and other employability and training opportunities, in a manner entirely consistent with the findings of our consultation.