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BSA engages with the Scottish Government on apprenticeships

26 Aug 2016

The BSA has responded to the Scottish Government consulation on the UK apprenticeship levy on behalf of our members.

BSA full members employ over 17,000 apprentices across the UK and provide around 845,000 days of training each year. The business services sector considers apprentices to be a key part of their workforce and provides schemes across a wide range of services and skills areas, from engineering, construction and security to facilities management, cleaning and food services; from customer service, ICT and business development to finance, human resources and administration. Alongside Modern Apprenticeships, our members also offer SVQs, support Foundation Apprenticeships and provide graduate level schemes in Scotland.

The BSA welcomes the additional investment in skills and training which the levy will enable, but calls for the UK government to engage and coordinate more effectively with the devolved governments as it is introduced.

The focus of the funding must remain on increasing skills in the labour market to reflect those needed by employers. We therefore urge the Scottish Government to use this consultation to work closely with levy-paying organisations to provide information and surety on their plans and to identify areas in which consistency and cooperation across borders would produce better outcomes for apprentices and employers.

The full BSA response can be found here.


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