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Modern apprentices on the up

Published: 7 Jun 2016 09:51
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Economy, Education

Increase in MA starts.

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, Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said today.

Figures published today by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) show that 196,626 people in Scotland have started an MA since 2007.

The latest figures also show that 79 per cent of apprentices are aged 16-24, with the majority of apprentices being at SVQ Level 3 and above, providing the opportunity for young people to begin exciting careers while achieving industry recognised qualifications.

Speaking at BT in Edinburgh, where he met a number of modern apprentices, Mr 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.

"But I know there is even more we can do to support our young people towards work and ensuring our young people have the skills they need for the future."

SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates, said:

"Continued investment in Modern Apprenticeships from employers across Scotland, through a period of what remains challenging economic conditions, shows the value businesses place on developing their workforce to meet future skills needs."

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said:

"An apprenticeship with one of the world's leading telecommunications companies is a great way to start a rewarding career. Apprentices are at the heart of our business, bringing fresh ideas and new ways of working to the teams they join. Many quickly move into management roles having taken advantage of development opportunities during their apprenticeship.

"BT plans to recruit around 100 apprentices across Scotland this year to work across a number of technical and customer service roles. BT has a very strong reputation as a leading employer and with major developments such as our multi billion pound investments in superfast broadband, mobile communications, TV and sport, the prospects have never looked brighter or more exciting."