Apprenticeship numbers rising
The Scottish government has reported a slight increase in the number of Modern Apprenticeships that were taken up in the last year. New research shows that the number of Modern Apprentices (MA) in training in 2015/16 has increased to 25,818, exceeding the Scottish Government’s annual target for the 5th year in a row.
Overall figures published by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) show that 196,626 people in Scotland have started an MA since 2007.
A deeper look at the figures shows that 79% of those currently enrolled on MAs are between 16 and 24 years of age, with the majority of apprentices being at SVQ Level 3 and above. The news will be a boost to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who recently said over 5,000 more apprentices would be needed to bridge the country’s skills gap.
Speaking at BT in Edinburgh, where he met a number of modern apprentices, Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said:
“Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the Scottish economy, apprenticeships offer our young people better career prospects and have a positive impact on the businesses and industry, bringing value to both employers and the economy.
“It is fantastic that we have surpassed our target to deliver 25,500 modern apprenticeships this year, this will now increase to 26,000 for the year ahead and we are on course to achieve to 30,000 by 2020 and I have seen today at BT the success stories behind these figures. Meeting with engineering apprentices at BT shows that the completion of a MA is not only great for the individual but it is also makes a real difference to their employer.”
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