21 May 2012
Its' Chief Executive, Dr Lesley Sawers this week commended the
programme in meeting both the needs of employers and in supporting
people to develop the skills required for a sustainable career.
It comes as Scottish Apprenticeship Week gets underway today
(Monday, May 21) with events across the country raising awareness
of the programme amongst employers.
The continuing success and popularity of the programme was
demonstrated recently when the First Minister revealed that 26,427
Modern Apprenticeships were delivered last year.
Mr Salmond said:
"Jobs, and particularly jobs for young people, are this
government's top priority and the record-breaking 25,000 Modern
Apprenticeships we delivered last year show the kind of meaningful
and lasting opportunities we are providing.
"Last week's employment statistics showed the biggest rise in
employment in Scotland since last spring, but unemployment remains
far too high.
"The current economic climate continues to put pressure on the
opportunities available to our young people and therefore Scottish
Apprenticeship Week offers a great chance to showcase what Modern
Apprenticeships can provide for both employees and employers.
"The Scottish Government has guaranteed every 16 to19-year-old a
place in training or education, and together with Modern
Apprenticeships that is helping to make Scotland the best place in
these islands for youth opportunities."
Modern Apprenticeships, can be undertaken across occupations
from construction to life sciences and the Scottish Government's
skills body Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will be working with
bosses to support 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships being delivered in
each year of this parliament.
Dr Lesley Sawers, Chief Executive, SCDI said: "Improving
Scotland's skill base has been one of SCDI's key priorities for a
number of years to achieve our overall objective of sustainable
economic growth in Scotland. Modern Apprenticeships are a vital
part of this work. We welcome the continued commitment of Skills
Development Scotland through initiatives like Scottish
Apprenticeship Week to support businesses to grow their workforce
with the skills they need to succeed."
Modern Apprenticeships have also been endorsed by the Federation
of Small Businesses (FSB). Their CEO Andy Willox, pointed to the
positive impact hiring Modern Apprentices can have on an
"Our research suggests that businesses that take on Modern
Apprentices accrue a range of benefits. Some businesses say that it
helps them fill skills gaps while others suggest it helps to
improve staff retention or improve levels of productivity within
"The FSB wholeheartedly supports Scottish Apprenticeship Week and
strongly encourages businesses to investigate the support that SDS
can offer small firms."
Find out more
* Modern Apprenticeships
* Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2012