19 March 2013
Scottish employers views of Modern Apprenticeships 2013 also
show very high levels of satisfaction with MAs. The majority of
employers also plan to continue offering opportunities in the
future, and in many cases increase them.
Key findings include:
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said: "In a
survey published in January, 92 per cent of Modern Apprentices told
us they were still in employment six months later after finishing
their MA. Today's survey further underlines the importance of MAs
to the Scottish economy. As well as the high levels of satisfaction
reported, I am very pleased to note that many employers plan to
continue their programmes and in many cases increase them.
"We have committed to at least 25,000 Modern Apprenticeship
opportunities in every year of this Parliament as part of a wide
range of activity aimed at supporting young people into employment.
Being an MA not only ensures young people are employed, but also
provides individuals with new skills, experiences and a recognised
"I hope that these findings will encourage more employers to
consider taking on MAs. Throughout 2013 I will be asking them to
make young people their business and this survey clearly outlines
the benefits that an MA could have for Scottish companies."
Graeme Waddell, Board Member of Skills Development Scotland
(SDS) and Board Chair of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory
Service (SMAS) added: "This survey clearly illustrates the positive
contribution and business benefits that the Modern Apprenticeship
programme brings to employers all over Scotland. It is clear that
the programme is valued by employers and meets the demands of
"It is particularly pleasing to see that so many employers are
committed to the programme, which delivers motivated and committed
individuals with the skills and competencies to meet business
Mick Ord, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime - Naval
Ships, who started his career as an apprentice 17 years ago, also
said: "Our Modern Apprenticeship programme creates a pipeline of
exceptionally talented young engineers who are critical to the long
term future of our business. We are committed to investing in
skills and developing talent in the workplace which will enable us
to keep growing, keep innovating and keep competing with the very
best in the world both now and in the future.
"We are proud to offer a programme which allows individuals to
gain experiences and qualifications that can act as a great
foundation for a whole range of successful careers."
The MA Employer Survey
2012 report can be found in our Key Publications
Government Press Release