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Apprentices: Small Businesses

Question for Department for Education

UIN 68700, tabled on 21 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to employ apprentices.

Answered on

24 March 2017

Supporting and growing apprenticeships amongst smaller employers who won’t be asked to pay the levy is critical to us. Our decision to provide generous co-investment support and extend this to 100% support for employers with fewer than 50 employees, when they recruit a 16-18-year-old or a 19-24-year-old formerly in care or with an Education and Health Care plan shows this.

We are undertaking a range of communications and engagement activity to ensure employers of all sizes are aware of how they can benefit from the opportunities presented by apprenticeships.

The current phase of the Get in Go Far campaign focuses on helping smaller employers understand the benefits of apprenticeships. This is being supported by a telemarketing campaign led by the Skills Funding Agency. Small and Medium Enterprises will continue to play a critical role in growing apprenticeship opportunities.