McMillan Welcomes Investment in Youth Employment

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has welcomed the news from the Scottish Government that new figures show that Scotland is on course to exceed the target of 25,000 new Modern

Apprenticeships this year as testament to the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in youth employment.

The figures released by Skills Development Scotland show that by the end of the third quarter of 2014/15 there were 19,517 modern apprenticeship starts – 78 per cent of the total annual target and two per cent increase on the same point last year. In Inverclyde there were 317 new apprentice starts in the period 1st April 2014 to 26th December 2014.

Mr. McMillan said:

“These very welcome figures are testament to the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in youth employment – creating almost 100,000 new apprenticeship opportunities over the last four years and well on the way to meeting this year’s target. 

“Apprenticeships play a key role in the Scottish Government’s efforts to promote youth employment and these figures are further evidence of the real results being achieved – but there is always more which could be done.

“With the full range of economic powers in Scotland’s hands rather than Westminster’s we can do even more to boost youth employment and give our young people the opportunities they deserve.”

Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeship Statistics – Quarter 3, 2014-15 – http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/1314757/MA%20Breakdown%20by%20Local%20Authority%20and%20Age%20Q3%202014-15.pdf

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