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S5W-06648: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what support it is giving Skills Development Scotland to help deliver 3,000 new Foundation Apprenticeship starts in the next academic year.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 13 February 2017

This is an internal aspirational target set by Skills Development Scotland. The expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships is being funded through European Social Funding then matched by Grant in Aid from the Scottish Government.

In order to support the development and delivery of Foundation Apprentices across Scotland a Foundation Apprentices working group was established in 2015, consisting of representation from Skills Development Scotland, ADES, Scottish Funding Council, Education Scotland, SQA and Scottish Government.