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Modern apprenticeships up by almost two-thirds in Scotland

Posted by | 17th July 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

New figures show a dramatic rise in the number of people on modern apprenticeships.

Analysis by the Scottish National Party of statistics from Skills Development Scotland reveals that 25,247 individuals began learning on the job in 2014/15 – up 59.7 per cent on the 15,803 recorded in 2007/08.

And calls have been made for rises in the minimum wage for apprentices, which currently stands at £2.73.

MSP Stewart Maxwell suggests that such increases could be vital if more people are to be encouraged to sign up to the training schemes.

“Apprenticeships are a key part of the SNP in government’s successful youth employment strategy,” he said.

“It is absolutely vital that we can continue to attract more young people into the modern apprentice programme – and that they are not put off by the disincentive of low pay.”

The news on the growing number of modern apprenticeships comes as figures show a fall in Scottish unemployment.

Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals unemployment in Scotland fell by 15,000 to 152,000 in the three months to May, down by 39,000 compared to the same quarter in 2014.

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