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Scotland’s apprentice levy is £80m short of expectations

Colleges stake claim for training scheme cash after UK Treasury unveils disappointing allocation

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Scotland will receive substantially less money than predicted from the new apprenticeship levy, the UK Treasury has confirmed, as debate rages around how the funding should be spent.

Scotland will receive £221 million from the new levy next year, with the amount due to rise to £239 million by 2019-2020, despite predictions that the fund would be worth around £300 million a year.

The Treasury’s announcement prompted Colleges Scotland to say that FE institutions were in the best position to ensure that the cash reached the frontline of apprenticeships.

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