11 April 2013
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
"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