Getting a great start as a modern apprentice

Employers across Scotland are being encouraged to hire Modern Apprentices to develop their workforce.

The call comes ahead of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016, which takes place next week.

Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the campaign highlights the commitment of businesses that have decided to invest in the skills of their employees. It also showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to get a job, get paid and get qualified to develop their careers.

Last year, there were more than 25,000 new Modern Apprenticeship starts across the country, with Skills Development Scotland paying a contribution towards the cost of training the apprentices on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The Press and Journal also ran its own successful campaign – Apprentice 100 – which created 150 new jobs for young people in 100 days.

With more than 80 different types of apprenticeship available, covering everything from providing financial services to creative and digital media, Modern Apprenticeships now go far beyond traditional trades and offer a great career start for both men and women.

For employers of all sizes looking to attract new young talent, fill vacancies or simply plan for the future, Modern Apprenticeships offer a great way of ensuring your business has the skills it needs to grow.

Three quarters of Modern Apprentice employers report improved productivity as a result of employing apprentices, while 71% said Modern Apprentices improved service or product quality – so the benefits to businesses are clear.

Skills Development Scotland can provide advice and support to employers to make Modern Apprenticeships work for their businesses, and employers can also post apprenticeship vacancies for free on its website –

It means that Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the benefits available to your business.

Gordon McGuiness, SDS’s depute director of industry and enterprise networks, said: “In the late 1970s, there was a fall-off in training that led to a serious skills gap. Companies had to wake up to the danger of losing the skills they had and to recognise the need to invest.


“Modern Apprenticeships allow companies to shape their own workforce in ways that meet their needs. The spread of available options into more than 80 occupational areas means that non-traditional skills such as business administration, HR and financial services, for example, are now open to applicants.

“The Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy recognises the importance of integrating the vocational and academic routes and contains key initiatives with this focus. We are committed to increasing the number of Modern Apprenticeship starts each year in Scotland from 25,000 to 30,000 by 2020.”

Last year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week featured more than 200 events around the country, with employers joining everyone from training providers and colleges to schools and politicians in celebrating the contribution made by Modern Apprentices.

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