£500,000 pledged to promote equality in modern apprenticeships
An extra £500,000 has been pledged to help attract a greater number of women and people from minority groups on to modern apprenticeship schemes.
The funding, made available by the Scottish Government, will be used by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to promote equality within the flagship youth employment programmes.
It is also hoped the money, which was announced during a debate at the Scottish Parliament, will be used to encourage care leavers and disabled people to sign up for the apprenticeships.
The announcement comes ahead of next week’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which aims to showcase the benefits of on-the-job training schemes.
It was welcomed by politicians of all stripes, though some MSPs raised concerns.
Labour MSP Siobhan McMahon highlighted figures from 2012-13 showing that 98 per cent of construction apprentices were male, while 97 per cent of childcare apprentices were female.
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