25,000 Modern Apprentices in Scotland

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The job prospects of 25,000 people in Scotland have been significantly improved in 2012/13 by taking up a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) opportunity.

The Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland have confirmed that the target to offer at least 25,000 people training while in employment has been met for a second year.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance marked the occasion by meeting a number of MAs based at Tennent’s Training Academy in Glasgow. She said:

“Scotland’s recent job figures show lower unemployment and higher employment amongst our young people compared to the UK. This is clear evidence that the action we are taking to support young people into employment, including the Modern Apprenticeship programme, is having an effect.

Apprenticeships, the majority of which are undertaken by the under 25s, give individuals both a job and a qualification, as well as a real entry point to the working world. This is precisely why we set ourselves the challenging target to offer 25,000 opportunities for each year of the current Parliament and I am delighted that the target has again been reached.

“Much of the credit for this work must go to Scotland’s employers as to create 25,000 opportunities every year requires a willingness to get involved in the future welfare of our emerging workforce. Throughout 2013 I will be asking more employers in Scotland to make young people their business, but I would also offer my thanks to those who have got involved so far.

“Apprenticeships are just part of our action to help young people into employment, which also includes the investment of £29 million into third sector programme Community Jobs Scotland and guaranteeing every young person aged 16 to 19 the offer of a place in education or training through Opportunities for All. Action will continue this year, including the rollout of employer recruitment incentives across local authorities in the coming months.”

Skills Development Scotland Chief Executive Damien Yeates added:

“Today shows in very tangible terms the commitment of employers and individuals and how Modern Apprenticeships have a vital and valuable impact on Scotland’s economy. I hope it will encourage other employers to offer more opportunities to help people build their future.”

A recent survey of employers showed reported high levels of satisfaction with the relevance (85 per cent) and quality (83 per cent) of the training provided and that 75 per cent viewed MAs as either important or vital to their business. A further survey of Modern Apprentices themselves also found high levels of satisfaction in their training.