21 February 2012
Over 90 per cent of Modern Apprentices in Scotland value the
quality of their training according to a new national survey.
The survey also reveals the MA programme is highly regarded by
almost all of its participants. Ninety-eight per cent describe
their experiences positively while four out of five praise the
support they get.
Employers provide apprenticeship opportunities that combine
employment with training in over 80 different occupational fields,
and the Scottish Government is committed to funding 25,000 new
apprenticeships every year during its term of office.
According to Peter Hughes, Chief Executive of Scottish
Engineering, Modern Apprenticeships are equally valuable for
employers. "I see evidence of these results every day - apprentices
invariably bring a positive attitude to the workplace. By training
people 'on-the-job', employers are building a skilled, loyal
workforce which bodes well for the future of our sector."
Responding to the survey, Minister for Youth Employment Angela
Constance said: "Given our ongoing commitment to Modern
Apprenticeships, I'm heartened to see that so many rate both their
treatment and their support.
"This is testament to both the willing employers that take them
on and to Skills Development Scotland for their hard work in
creating opportunities for young people. I look forward to seeing
thousands of them use the skills they have gained as apprentices
throughout long and successful careers."
The programme is demand-led so apprentices must have a job to be
part of the programme, but businesses can currently get up to £2000
if they recruit a 16-19 year old into an apprenticeship.
Steve Murphy, Vice President in the UK at technology company HP,
said: "This survey supports the fantastic value that Modern
Apprenticeships offer people in Scotland. HP is a strong supporter
of the programme. This survey shows that by taking on an
apprentice, employers are offering great opportunities for people
to progress up the career ladder and to get skills and
qualifications recognised across the industry."
In Scotland, apprentices are required to achieve workplace
competency and accredited qualifications set out in an occupational
framework designed by Sector Skills Councils in consultation with
The report, carried out by Skills Development Scotland's Labour
Market Information team, resonates with the view of aeronautical
engineer Jamie Gray (22), who was recently named Scotland's top
apprentice. Employed by Ayrshire-based Spirit AeroSystems, Jamie
said: "A few years ago I was just a quiet boy from a quiet village
but I was pushed to go for my dream. I got my apprenticeship and my
dreams have been realised."
Jamie was also named his own company's Apprentice of the Year
after creating an engineering procedure for cutting and polishing
carbon fibre test panels which has now become the standard
procedure for the business.
Any employer interested in the Modern Apprenticeship programme
should call SDS's employer helpline on 0800
The full report is available elsewhere on this
website in the
Research and Evaluation section.