Following the UK Government’s decision to implement an Apprenticeship Levy, the Scottish Government will launch a consultation on 13 July to seek views on how the Levy can enhance productivity and economy growth in Scotland.
The consultation will seek views on:
- continued commitment to 30,000 high quality modern apprenticeship starts by 2020 – including an offer to support further opportunities if there is sufficient demand from industry
- developing more graduate level apprenticeships
- creating an employer fund for wider workforce development
- providing support for those outside the labour market to prepare them to enter the skilled workforce employers need for their business.
STF has already been active in seeking feedback from members on their views on how the Levy should be implemented in Scotland:
- The Chief Executive has had one-to-one meetings with around a dozen members to discuss potential options
- The Chief Executive and Vice Chair for Apprenticeships have met with Scottish Government officials to seek background information on possible implementation models
- A special meeting of the Board of Directors will be held in early August to discuss the implications of the Levy
- Two member meetings will be held at the end of August (in Stirling and Glasgow); these will provide members with the opportunity to hear about the latest information on the Levy – and give their views on its future implementation. More details will be posted shortly.