Scottish apprentice figures climb again

Scotland’s 16-18 year olds get their exam results this week with the likelihood that more school leavers will be looking at apprenticeships. That is backed up by recent research from Skills Development Scotland (SDS), which has just published statistics for the first quarter of the financial year that show the number of Modern Apprenticeship starts is on course to hit the annual target of 26,000.

The Scottish Government has set a target of 30,000 apprenticeship starts each year by 2020. The figures show 70% of apprenticeship starts were aged 16 to 24-years-old, with two thirds at Level 3 or above.

SDS Director of National Training Programmes Katie Hutton said: “The latest figures show that employers continue to invest in training and developing their workforce through Modern Apprenticeships.

“SDS is committed to equality of opportunity and will keep working hard with partners to ensure Modern Apprenticeships remain accessible for all.”


‘30,000 by 2020’

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Today’s figures show that once again we are on course to meet our annual target of 26,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts. But we want to go much further which is why we have an ambitious target to increase this to 30,000 by 2020.

“Since taking up the post of Employability and Training Minister, I have heard from companies time and time again that apprentices are a crucial element to their business, bringing fresh ideas and new ways of working to the teams they join. That’s why it is encouraging to see that the majority of apprentices have started at level 3 and above, across a wide range of sectors, over the quarter.”