Apprenticeships levy- Small tech companies

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/4337
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What are you doing to ensure that the voice of small London technology companies will continue to be heard when it comes to national decisions on apprenticeships following the greater influence that larger businesses are likely to expect after the introduction of the apprenticeships levy?

Answer

Answer for Apprenticeships levy- Small tech companies

Answer for Apprenticeships levy- Small tech companies

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Given that c98% of London's businesses can be classified as SMEs, I consider that it is vital that smaller businesses are not disadvantaged by the introduction of the apprenticeship levy if London is to make a meaningful contribution to the Government's target of 3million Apprenticeships by 2020.  As such, the GLA Group of Functional Bodies' response to the Government's consultation on the levy strongly advocated that a proportion of the revenue raised by the levy be used to support non levy paying SMEs to help them access Apprenticeships and choose the right ones for their business.

I was also encouraged to see within the Government's English Apprenticeships: Our

2020 Vision document that SMEs will be able to access information advice and guidance via the planned Digital Apprenticeship Service.

My Officers will continue to engage with tech industry stakeholders, through channels such as the Digital Talent Programme and Tech.London to establish their concerns. In particular I am setting up a Digital Talent Task Force that will champion the needs of smaller companies. GLA Officers will capture the views of smaller tech firms and share these with Government to shape the implementation of the levy in advance of its introduction in 2017.