Modern Apprenticeships positively impact Scottish businesses



A survey commissioned by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has found that businesses are fully behind Modern Apprenticeships as they help improve productivity and better equip individuals to do their jobs.


Overwhelmingly positive response

Over 2,500 modern apprenticeship employers were questioned about their opinion towards the scheme. This report follows a similar survey which questioned 2,500 employers in 2012.

The responses were overwhelmingly positive, with 89 per cent of business owners planning to keep offering Modern Apprenticeships.

Nearly 90 per cent of respondents also believed that Modern Apprentices are important to their business, with a further 89 per cent saying they would recommend Modern Apprenticeships to their industry.

The survey also found that:

  • Three-quarters of employers also reported improved productivity due to Modern Apprentices.
  • 72 per cent reported improved staff morale.
  • 71 per cent reported improved product or service quality as a result of offering Modern Apprenticeships.
  • Modern Apprenticeships better equip individuals to do their jobs with 96 per cent of employers stating that apprentices gain more skills and learn their trade quicker.
  • 84 per cent of employers stated that they were satisfied with the relevance and quality of training.


Modern Apprenticeships are continuing to grow

Katie Hutton, Skills Development Scotland deputy director for National Training Programmes, welcomed the results.

‘‘The survey results are very encouraging and demonstrate the importance employers place in Modern Apprenticeships to develop the skills of their workforce,’’ said Hutton.

‘‘Employers continue to invest in Modern Apprentices, despite the economic challenges of recent years, and continue to see the benefits they bring to their business.’’

In July, figures from SDS found that the number of Modern Apprenticeships has grown significantly. In 2007/08 Scotland contained only 15,803 modern apprentices. In 2014/15 apprenticeship figures stood at 25,247, which is an increase of 59.7 per cent.