Apprentices: Small Businesses

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to employ apprentices.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships and Skills)

Supporting and growing apprenticeships amongst smaller employers who won’t be asked to pay the levy is critical to us. Our decision to provide generous co-investment support and extend this to 100% support for employers with fewer than 50 employees, when they recruit a 16-18-year-old or a 19-24-year-old formerly in care or with an Education and Health Care plan shows this.

We are undertaking a range of communications and engagement activity to ensure employers of all sizes are aware of how they can benefit from the opportunities presented by apprenticeships.

The current phase of the Get in Go Far campaign focuses on helping smaller employers understand the benefits of apprenticeships. This is being supported by a telemarketing campaign led by the Skills Funding Agency. Small and Medium Enterprises will continue to play a critical role in growing apprenticeship opportunities.

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