A lesson in apprenticeship for Selkirk youngster
Agriculture Modern Apprentice Ryan Paxton from Selkirk, runner-up at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based Learner of the Year Awards, is one of many young Scots choosing a vocational route into work through Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, instead of going to university.
Between May 18-22, Scotland celebrated Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week, an initiative set up by the Scottish Government’s national skills body, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), to highlight the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.
The Modern Apprenticeship scheme offers new and existing employees the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications in the workplace, without the need for full-time study. They are also a highly-effective way for employers to recruit new staff and training employees to meet the specific needs of a business.
According to SDS, three-quarters of modern apprentices expect to remain with their current employer after completing their training, while around two-thirds will take on increased responsibility and improved pay. These kind of figures are making the scheme an attractive option for many young people who are concerned about running up student debts at university.
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