Modern apprentices rise by 100 per cent
The number of young people in North Ayrshire who have joined a Modern Apprenticeship scheme has increased by almost 100 per cent in the last eight years, according to figures.
A report from Skills Development Scotland has shown that the number has increased by 99.3 per cent since 2007 from 446 youngsters to 889.
The figures in the region are much higher than Scotland as a whole with an increase of 59.7 per cent nationally.
The SNP Government made a target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships for this year and has passed that already with 25,247 places and the party has set the goal of 30,000 by 2020.
Cunninghame North MSP, Kenneth Gibson, is pleased that his party’s plans have improved the scheme dramatically in North Ayrshire.
He said: “This huge increase in apprenticeships in North Ayrshire – each of which is linked to a job, unlike south of the border – ensures that more young people are being given an opportunity to get into work, learn a skill and secure a better future.
“I am particularly pleased that we are doing so much better in North Ayrshire than almost anywhere else in Scotland and for that SNP led North Ayrshire Council, working in partnership with local employers, Ayrshire College, the SNP Government, its agencies and Jobcentre Plus must take credit.
“Apprenticeships are a key part of the SNP Government’s successful youth employment strategy. However, it is simply wrong that due to the discriminatory regulations of the UK Government, many apprentices could find themselves earning less than £3 per hour.
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