Julia Belgutay

Small businesses fear loss of apprenticeship incentive

Focusing support on recruits facing the greatest barriers to employment may mean firms miss out

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Concerns have been raised over the support available to encourage small businesses to take on apprentices. The fears have emerged after education secretary John Swinney wrote to Skills Development Scotland (SDS) reiterating that its Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) should have a sharper focus on those overcoming the greatest barriers to employment.

In his letter, received earlier this summer, Mr Swinney asks SDS to continue to work with local authorities on the administration and delivery of SERI, but states that small businesses should be supported in taking on a modern ...

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