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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06670: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what role Skills Development Scotland has in implementing (a) the policy to increase the number of modern apprenticeship starts in each year to 2020, (b) the Modern Apprenticeships Equality Action Plan and (c) Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Programme, as set out in the Draft Budget 2017-18.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 10 February 2017

Skills Development Scotland plays the lead role in the expansion of Modern Apprenticeships by contracting with training providers, monitoring delivery and promoting the benefits of Modern Apprenticeships to employers and young people.

Skills Development Scotland has lead responsibility in implementing its Modern Apprenticeship Equality Action Plan, published in December 2015.

Skills Development Scotland plays a significant role in Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce through the expansion of Modern Apprenticeships, development of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships and supporting the implementation of the Career Education Standard (3-18).