Scottish employers value Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) as being important to their business and are keen to continue offering and increase opportunities for young people. So says the results of a Skills Development Scotland survey published today (Tuesday) which is being welcomed by the SNP.
According to the survey, 96% of employers felt that employees who had completed the Modern Apprenticeship scheme were better able to do their jobs.
Employers reported high levels of satisfaction with the scheme, with 85% reporting that it was relevant to their employees’ needs, and 83% saying that it provided good quality training. 75% of employers said that Modern Apprenticeships were vital or important for their business.
SNP MSP George Adam, a member of the Education and Culture Committee, said:
“It is testament to the dedication of young people enrolling on the MA scheme and the commitment of the wide range of companies signing up to it that we can welcome these figures today.
“There will be 25,000 Modern Apprenticeship opportunities every year of this parliament. An MA teaches young people the skills they need for employment and a gives them recognised qualifications for the real world.
“While there is no room for complacency it is clear Scotland’s policies of investing in our young people through Opportunities for All, and funding 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year, is paying off – meanwhile the Westminster system continues to follow its counter-productive cuts campaign.”