Skilled Workers: Recruitment

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th July 2016.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the ability of firms to recruit skilled workers.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

The Government is committed to ensuring that the UK remains open for business and continues to grow and thrive. On the domestic front we’re investing in boosting the skills of the workforce by increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, to reach a commitment of 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. An apprenticeship levy will be introduced from April 2017 to encourage employers to invest in the skills they need. But, as my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister has said, there will be no immediate changes as a result of the EU referendum, including in the circumstances of EEA citizens living and working in the UK and our visa policies for non-EEA nationals. Ensuring our new relationship with the EU works for business and other employers is a priority for my Department in the months ahead.

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