Broad employer support and industry endorsement for 30,000 Modern Apprenticeship target
Scotland’s share of funding from the UK Government’s apprenticeship levy should be used to support the delivery of 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships (MA) starts by 2020, responses to a consultation have found.
The report on the recent consultation on the apprenticeship levy showed broad employer support for the Scottish Government’s Modern Apprenticeship targets and employer backing for the planned expansion of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships and employability and skills services.
Minister for Training and Employability Jamie Hepburn confirmed that in response to employer feedback:
The number of Graduate Level Apprenticeships will be increased in 2017.
Levy payers will have opportunities to shape the delivery of apprenticeship and employment programmes going forward.
The Scottish Government will consider issues raised in the consultation around MA age limits and how to provide more flexibility.
Skills Development Scotland have been given the go ahead to contract for the delivery of Modern Apprenticeships in 2017/18, as the next stage of the phased expansion to 30,000 MA starts each year by 2020.