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S5W-15070: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 6 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much Skills Development Scotland spent on Aquaculture MAs in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18, and how much it estimates it will spend in 2018-19, broken down by (i) number of MAs funded and (ii) partner provider college or other institution offering the course.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 15 March 2018

 

The following figures represent the number of Modern Apprentices for whom a payment was made in 2016-17 to the provider and the total costs to each provider. This does not necessarily represent all apprentices as claims may not have been made for all apprentices in training at year end.

 

Training Provider

Trainees

Spend

Inverness College UHI

23

£21,110

Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust (trading as NAFC Marine Centre)

45

£68,026

Total

68

£89,136

 

The figures below cover the period up to the end of Quarter 3, 2017-18. They represent the number of Modern Apprentices for whom a payment was made to the provider and the total costs to each provider. This does not necessarily represent all apprentices as claims may not have been made for all apprentices in training at Quarter 3 end.

 

Training Provider

Trainees

Spend

Inverness College UHI

27

£15,440

Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust (trading as NAFC Marine Centre)

43

£42,045

Total

70

£57,485

 

Skills Development Scotland contracting arrangements are not made by singular Modern Apprenticeship frameworks, but by occupational grouping, therefore it is not possible to provide an estimate for 2018-19. This framework is one of several within the Food and Drink occupational grouping which includes: Aquaculture; Agriculture; Food and Drink Operations, and Maritime Occupations.

 

Further to this overall expenditure is influenced by a number of variables including how many new apprentices are recruited by employers and how quickly these apprentices progress through their training.

As the framework was recently created and demand is expected to increase, as a STEM occupational area, Skills Development Scotland will support additional demand for take-up in this framework across the year.