This report presents the findings of an analysis of responses to a consultation on the Scottish Government response to the introduction of the UK Apprenticeship Levy.
Proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy were announced by the UK Government in the summer 2015 Budget, to apply to the UK as a whole, including Scotland. The levy will begin in April 2017 and employers in the public, private and third sectors will pay 0.5% of their annual pay bill in excess of £3m. Responsibility for disbursal of the levy funding in Scotland will be devolved to the Scottish Government.
In order to explore options for the use of this funding in Scotland, the Scottish Government carried out a consultation between 13th July 2016 and 26th August 2016 to explore respondents’ views of:
? Whether the Scottish Government should maintain or increase the current Modern Apprenticeship (MA) growth ambition (i.e. 30,000 starts a year by 2020).
? Whether to use the Apprenticeship Levy funding to support growth in the number of Graduate Level Apprenticeships in Scotland.
? Whether to use the Apprenticeship Levy funding to establish a flexible skills fund to support wider workforce development.
? Whether to use the Apprenticeship Levy funding to support the expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships.
? Whether to use the Apprenticeship Levy funding to help unemployed people move into employment and to help meet the workforce development needs of employers.