Speaking after the launch of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund today, Martin Sime, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations said:
 
“This is a totally inadequate response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy which will have barely any impact in the third sector.  
 
“Handing out 5% of the Scottish Barnett share of the money raised in this most convoluted, public sector dominated way does nothing to address the fact that valuable charitable donations have had to be handed over for this farce.  
 
“Unfortunately, this is another example of the third sector being side-lined by Scottish Government employability decisions”.
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors:
 
1. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the national body representing the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.  The Scottish third sector turns over £4.5 billion a year and employs 138,000 people in over 45,000 organisations.  For more on SCVO see www.scvo.org.uk 
 
2. For more information contact Ann Rowe on 07530 640 014 or ann.rowe@scvo.org.uk