SNP SECURING SKILS FOR THE FUTURE
The SNP has supported 14, 286 Modern Apprenticeships in South Lanarkshire in ten years of Government - with 37,000 young people currently going through an apprenticeship in Scotland.
Many areas in Scotland have experienced an increase in MA uptake of over 80% in the last 10 years – with 34.9% more MA starts in South Lanarkshire compared to 2007.
The SNP manifesto has committed to delivering 30,000 apprenticeships each year by 2020, up from 15,000 when we took office, targeting the additional places on higher level courses, including graduate-level apprenticeships.
National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March.
Commenting, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, added:
“I am delighted that as we celebrate this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the latest statistics show that the SNP Government has supported over 200,000 apprentices in 10 years.
“In South Lanarkshire, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of apprenticeships since 2007 – increasing from 1,219 to 1,644 today.
“The SNP’s extra investment and focus over the last decade has transformed apprenticeships - building bridges with industry, filling skills gaps and enhancing productivity, while giving our young people the skills they need to be at the forefront of our economy and our jobs market.
“We delivered on our manifesto target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year back in 2011-12 and we have now raised that target to 30,000 per year by 2020.
“This Modern Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all businesses to think about how their business could benefit from taking on an apprentice.”