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29/08/13 09:15

Apprenticeships on course for 2013

More MA’s employed compared to this time last year.

Almost 5,000 people have already been helped into a job through a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in 2013/14.

This means that 500 more opportunities have been created compared to the same time last year, the clearest indication yet that both employers and prospective young employees understand the benefits of an MA.

Figures for the first quarter of the financial year have been released by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and demonstrate that the Scottish Government’s target of at least 25,000 new MAs every year is well on course to be met this year.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said:

“As well as giving people a job, a Modern Apprenticeship is a valuable way to give young people on the job training and foster a keen, enthusiastic workforce. Today’s figures show that we are on course to reach the target this year and demonstrate an increased awareness of the value of MAs that will aid Scotland’s economic growth in 2013/14 and beyond.

“Taking on a young person as an MA will help bring new talent into a firm’s workforce, as well as fostering loyalty with a new employee as they progress with their qualification. This week is Make Young People Your Business Week, and I have been stepping up my work with Scotland’s employers to raise awareness of how young people can help drive business growth. MAs are a key part of the training options available and I would urge employers to consider how an MA could help them thrive.”

SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates added:

“It’s great that an increasing number of employers are showing their commitment to young people. They see the value of the energy and enthusiasm these workers bring and how the company’s investment in a young person’s future is a win-win for all concerned.”

Background

The quality and suitability of Modern Apprenticeships is also on the rise nationwide with a successful achievement rate of 74 per cent compared with 69 per cent for the same period last year.

Make Young People Your Business Week consists of a series of events and announcements aimed at raising awareness amongst employers of the economic value of taking on a young person. Interested employers can follow the Twitter account @MYPYB and the hashtag #newtalent will be used throughout the week.

Skills Development Scotland’s www.ourskillsforce.co.uk provides information to employers on the skills support available from the public sector in Scotland. The Make Young People Your Business area of the site brings together online advice to help employers recruit and develop young people - visit http://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/recruit/make-young-people-your-business/