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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11103: Ivan McKee (Glasgow Provan)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 6 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it can help organisations in Scotland that will be subject to introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy by the UK Government.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 7 September 2017

Last year, the Scottish Government consulted with organisations across Scotland on the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. In line with the responses we received, the Scottish Government is funding a range of support for Scottish Levy payers, including the expansion of our Modern Apprenticeship programme.

In addition, today I will launch a pilot of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF). The FWDF will be delivered regionally by colleges across Scotland, and is open to all employers who are subject to the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

Each organisation can bid for up to £10,000 of support within the £10 million pilot, for employees of any age to address identified skills gaps and improve their productivity. The FWDF demonstrates a distinctive Scottish response to introduction of Levy and is an important new element in our skills offer in Scotland.