McMillan welcomes increase in Modern Apprenticeship Starts

Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP – Greenock & Inverclyde) welcomed the latest official figures which reveal that the number of Modern Apprenticeships (MA) in training in 2015/16 has increased to 25,818.  This exceeds the SNP Scottish Government’s annual target for the fifth year in a row.

Figures published by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) show that 196,626 people in Scotland have started an MA since 2007.

The latest figures also show that 79% of apprentices are aged 16-24, with the majority of apprentices being at SVQ Level 3 and above, providing the opportunity for young people to begin exciting careers while achieving industry recognised qualifications.

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the Scottish economy.  Apprenticeships offer our young people better career prospects and have a positive impact on businesses and industry, bringing value to both employers and the economy.

“It is fantastic that the SNP Scottish Government has surpassed its target to deliver 25,500 modern apprenticeships this year, this will now increase to 26,000 for the year ahead.

“I know there is even more we can do to support our young people towards work and ensuring our young people have the skills they need for the future.

“In Inverclyde, 8.9% of 16-24 year olds in employment are Modern Apprentices, compared to the Scottish average of 9%.

“The statistics also reveal that 5.8% of MAs from Inverclyde self-declared they were disabled, compared to the Scottish average of 3.9%”