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Apprentices: Taxation

Question for Department for Education

UIN 150150, tabled on 30 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) companies and limited liability partnerships, (b) charities and (c) other organisations that have used the Apprenticeships Levy to fund MBAs for staff in each of the last three years.

Answered on

19 April 2022

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is not a mandatory qualification in any current apprenticeship standard.

A mandatory master’s level qualification, which could have included an MBA, was previously included in the Level 7 Senior Leader standard, however, it was removed in March 2021. This followed a request to the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education. The request was to review the standard to ensure all apprenticeships represent value for money and that government funding supports those who can benefit the most from our high-quality apprenticeships.

We do not have data on the number of apprentices on the level 7 senior leader standard who undertook an MBA as part of their apprenticeship. We therefore cannot provide figures on the cost of government funding provided or the number or type of employers that have received government funding for MBA qualifications as part of an apprenticeship.

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