Semta figures show Scottish engineering apprenticeship growth

Semta research has revealed an increase in engineering apprenticeships

Semta research has revealed an increase in engineering apprenticeships

New research commissioned by Semta, the sector skills organisation for science, engineering and manufacturing, has shown that the number of Scottish teenagers embarking upon apprenticeships in engineering has reached exceeded 1,000, the highest it has ever been.  A total of 907 16-19 year olds began engineering apprenticeships in 2011-12, but this year the figure stands at 1,079. In 2012-13, registrations on to modern apprenticeship schemes rose by 28% to 1,393.

The research also found that 29% of engineering companies employ apprentices or trainees. Additionally, 15% of Scottish employers acknowledged a skills gap.

Sarah Sillars, OBE, CEO of Semta, said: “We have seen very encouraging signs in Scotland – as in the rest of the UK. More youngsters are recognising that engineering is an exciting career, with long term prospects and Modern Apprenticeships are a real alternative to university. However, there is still much work to do to persuade more individuals and companies, in particular SMEs (Small & Medium size Enterprises) that MAs are good for business.”

Sillars added: “Companies need to understand an apprentice may not always contribute towards a business in year one but in years two, three and four they make a major contribution becoming a valued, loyal employee, earning money and providing home-grown skills. Although these figures suggest the message may be getting through that apprenticeships are once again a real alternative to going to university, we also need to see more graduates coming into industry too.”