Apprenticeships On Course to Meet Targets
16 February 2017
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has published statistics for
the third quarter of the year showing Modern Apprenticeship
The target for the year is 26,000 starts, moving towards Scottish
Government's commitment to 30,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts by
Figures at this stage of the year show that employers and industry
have achieved 18,425 Modern Apprenticeships starts.
- The majority of starts - more than two thirds - are at Level 3
- Just over 8 per cent of apprentices identified as having a
disability - an increase of more than 4 per cent on the previous
year - following work with training providers and partners.
The figures follow on from the recent announcement that
contribution rates towards Modern Apprenticeships for disabled
people and those with experience of care up to the age of 29 are to
This increased contribution rate supports the delivery of the
Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships.
SDS Director of National Training Programmes, Katie Hutton, said:
"Quarterly figures, and comparisons with previous years, reflect
different industry recruitment patterns for occupations and
frameworks across a range of sectors.
"Modern Apprenticeships give people across Scotland the chance to
work, learn and earn as businesses develop their workforce.
"Despite what remains a challenging economic climate, it's
encouraging to know that employers continue to invest in the skills
of their workforce through Modern Apprenticeships."