12,588 apprenticeships start in Scotland since April

Encouraging news from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) which today reported that, since April, 12,588 people have taken up the work-based training programmes with employers around Scotland.

The research also shows that 52% of MA starts were aged 16-19, 25% were aged

20-24 and a further 24% were aged 25+. The proportion of starts aged 16-24 was 76%, 2.3pp lower than the same point last year, due to a decrease in the proportion of starts aged 18-24 (-2.8pp).

The largest proportion of starts this quarter were in frameworks related to Construction & Related (28%), Sport, Health & Social Care (11%),Retail & Customer Service (10%) and Hospitality & Tourism (10%). The proportion of starts in each framework is likely to change in subsequent quarters of 2016/17


‘A positive impact on business and industry’

SDS director of national training programmes Katie Hutton said: “These new statistics show employer support for apprenticeships continues across Scotland.

“Apprenticeships allow individuals to earn a wage and gain industry-recognised qualifications, while supporting employers to develop a skilled workforce for the future.”

Employability and Training Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “Modern apprenticeships offer young people better career prospects, have a positive impact on business and industry, and bring value to both employers and the economy.”