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Apprentices: Taxation

Question for Department for Education

UIN 68218, tabled on 16 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starts in 2017-18 are expected to be offered by businesses (a) paying and (b) not paying the Apprenticeship Levy.

Answered on

24 March 2017

Future availability of apprenticeships is dependent on employers recruiting apprentices and offering opportunities. Published data on projected apprenticeship starts is not available.

We want to encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships and our reforms give employers the opportunity to do so - employers are designing new apprenticeships that meet their business and skills needs.

We are putting control of the funding for apprenticeships firmly in the hands of employers, so they can invest in quality training. Publication of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers on 14 March 2017 means that employers have a real choice in the training they select, so that they get the skills they need to grow their business.

The Apprenticeships Levy comes into effect from April 2017, as part of a wider suite of reforms to improve the quality and sustainability of the apprenticeship system.