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Colleges hit by £1.3m levy get ‘nothing’ in return

Scottish institutions paying the UK apprenticeship levy see little training benefits as a result

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A government levy introduced to boost apprenticeship participation in England is costing Scottish colleges hundreds of thousands of pounds a year – with most of them getting nothing in return for their investment.

The apprenticeship levy was introduced by the Westminster government in April last year to encourage employers to take on apprentices. And while this was seen as an opportunity for colleges, which would be able to offer apprenticeship training, as large employers, FE institutions also have to pay the levy.

In a survey of colleges by Tes Scotland, the 14 Scottish colleges that ...

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