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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08395: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had or plans with (a) the social care sector and (b) registered charities regarding the implementation of the apprenticeship levy.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 19 April 2017

I will continue to engage with employers, including the social care sector and registered charities, as well as the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board to make sure their views can continue to shape the policies that will help people enter and remain in the labour market and contribute to the Scottish economy.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Employer Engagement Teams continue to engage with Third Sector/Social care organisations. SDS also attends the Third Sector Forum and its Advisory Group, advising and reporting on a wide range of SDS-related activities including Employability Fund (EF) and Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) which includes the Levy.

The Social Care sector and registered charities took part in the consultation and are also represented on the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

Despite the UK Government introducing the Apprenticeship Levy tax on employers without any consultation, we have taken time to speak with those affected including representatives of social care and registered charities sectors. Cabinet agreed to consult on the Scottish Government’s response to the introduction of the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy and the consultation findings were used to inform spending review discussions.