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25,000 Modern Apprentices in Scotland

11 April 2013

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Training opportunity target hit for second year.

The job prospects of 25,000 people in Scotland have been significantly improved in 2012/13 by taking up a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) opportunity.

The Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland have confirmed that the target to offer at least 25,000 people training in a key sector has been met for a second year.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance marked the occasion by meeting a number of MAs working for Tennent's Training Academy in Glasgow. She said:

"Scotland's recent job figures show that the action we are taking to support young people into employment, including the Modern Apprenticeship programme, is having an effect, including lower unemployment and higher employment amongst our young people compared to the UK. An MA, the majority of which are undertaken by the under 25s, gives individuals both a job and a qualification, as well as a real entry point to the working world. This is precisely why we set ourselves the challenging target to offer 25,000 opportunities for each year of the current Parliament and I am delighted that the target has again been reached.

"Much of the credit for this work must go to Scotland's employers. To create 25,000 opportunities every year requires a willingness to get involved in the future welfare of our emerging workforce. Throughout 2013 I will be asking more employers in Scotland to make young people their business, but I would also offer my thanks to those who have got involved so far.

"MAs are just part of our action to help young people into employment, including the investment of £29 million into third sector programme Community Jobs Scotland and guaranteeing every young person aged 16 to 19 the offer of a place in education or training through Opportunities for All. Action will continue this year, including the rollout of employer recruitment incentives across local authorities in the coming months."

Skills Development Scotland Chief Executive Damien Yeates said:

"Today shows in very tangible terms the commitment of employers and individuals and how Modern Apprenticeships have a vital and valuable impact on Scotland's economy. I hope it will encourage other employers to offer more opportunities to help people build their future."