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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08397: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact would be of removing statutory training costs from social care sector businesses prior to the implementation of the apprenticeship levy.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 18 April 2017

To meet their requirements under the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice and the National Care Standards, employers are required to ensure that their staff have the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake their roles and continuously update their skills to reflect changes in policy and practice. Information on the costs of training is not held centrally.

The introduction of the UK Government's apprenticeship levy does not affect the requirement on employers to meet their statutory responsibilities for training their staff.