Strong MA figures highlight need for more powers
The SNP has today welcomed new figures showing the Scottish Government has exceeded target on the number of Modern Apprentice (MAs) starts.
25,247 Mas started training in 2014/15, and the figures released by Skills Development Scotland today also confirm that more than 101,000 people in Scotland have started an MA in the last four years.
Welcoming this – and reiterating the SNP’s call for the UK Government to raise the minimum wage for young people and apprentices – SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald said:
“These figures again highlight the importance of Modern Apprentices to the Scottish economy. 101,000 new starts in this parliamentary term alone is a remarkable achievement.
“But the UK Government must also play their part in supporting learners. It is vital we offer support for our young people by committing to raise the minimum wage for apprentices.
“Raising the minimum wage for apprentices would provide those learning their trade with the support they need to succeed.
“With the devolution of powers over the minimum wage we could take immediate action on this issue in Scotland. This is another clear example of the benefits of having these powers in Scotland’s hands.”
Hannah Bardell MP, the SNP’s Fair Work and Employment spokesperson, added:
“The Tories’ Scotland Bill in its current form is woefully lacking – failing to meet even the limited powers set out in the Smith Commission and falling far short of the aspirations of the people in Scotland as expressed so firmly at the General Election.
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