Skills Funding Agency

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3478
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Skills Funding Agency are cutting their staff by a third, and reducing the number of people that work on "apprenticeships and delivery services" by 47 per cent, leading to concerns about the impact this will have on the National Apprenticeship Service. Are you concerned that this will have an impact on improving the quality of apprenticeships and on helping young people into apprenticeships?  How will you ensure that this does not affect young people in London?

Answer

Answer for Skills Funding Agency

Answer for Skills Funding Agency

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Growth Deal negotiations with Government highlighted the value I place on apprenticeships and resulted in a good settlement for London. Matching Government's commitments to deliver a single and integrated Apprenticeship offer in London, the LEP will invest £3m in Apprenticeships subject to LEP and IPB approval.

SFA staff responsibilities have been rationalised to include Apprenticeships, Traineeships, National Careers Service, ESF and employer and provider engagement, such that no dedicated employer engagement team for Apprenticeships now exists. However, in response to feedback from the London LEP and in recognition of the different governance arrangements for London and the scale of its economic growth, the SFA's London Employer and Delivery Services (EDS) Unit is larger than those in other parts of the country, and will continue to have a dedicated resource for Apprenticeship development activity. It will focus on delivering more high-quality Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities, and will work closely with the GLA, LEP and other stakeholders.