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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16161: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 24 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is normal practice regarding modern apprenticeships for Skills Development Scotland to only pay a contribution to the cost of the qualification, with employers expected to pay any remaining balance.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 8 May 2018

In 2017-18 this Government introduced enhanced contribution rates for disabled people and those with experience of care up to the age of 29. Contracting arrangements for 2018/19 included increased contributions to the costs of delivering early years and childcare; dental nursing and management frameworks.

SDS undertook a systematic review of all contribution rates, with ongoing review of individual frameworks on an evidence-led basis. This takes into account factors such as content of the framework and any formal structured learning that takes place away from the workplace.

Scottish Government policy is to provide a contribution towards modern apprenticeship training based on a series of variables, with employers expected to make a contribution to additional costs of training and assessment as required.