More than 3,500 new work-based learning opportunities will help
boost Scotland's economy and give young people a head-start in
In 2018, the Scottish Government's national skills agency,
Skills Development Scotland (SDS), will support the delivery of
2,600 Foundation Apprenticeships for young people at school.
Funding will also be made available through the Scottish budget
to create almost 900 Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities within
the expansion of the Modern Apprenticeship programme. Employability
and Training Minister, Jamie Hepburn, announced in Parliament that
in total, 28,000 new Modern Apprenticeship starts will be delivered
in the coming year.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said:
"This Government has substantially increased the number of new
apprenticeships in Scotland from around 10,500 in 2008 to 28,000 in
2018-19 and we remain on track to achieve 30,000 new apprenticeship
starts by 2020.
"As well as growing the Modern Apprenticeship programme, we are
committed to enhancing and widening our apprenticeship offering,
ensuring that more people than ever before can benefit from
work-based learning. The expansion of Foundation and Graduate
Apprenticeships is key to delivering this vision, as is the
additional support we're offering to rural areas, and key
SDS Chief Executive Damien Yeates said work-based learning and
apprenticeships are vital for Scotland's future prosperity.
He said: "Scotland has great ambitions to increase productivity
and generate inclusive growth, all against the backdrop of an
ageing population, rapid technological change and real pressure on
"This means finding new and innovative ways, such as Foundation
and Graduate Apprenticeships, to match the skills people develop
with the ones employers need.
"Apprenticeships are a vital piece of the jigsaw to improve
Scotland's productivity, which will benefit individuals, employers
and the wider economy."
Paul Campbell, Head of Learning and Organisational Development
at Scottish Water, said:
"Scottish Water uses a broad range of apprenticeship programmes
which have a high currency in our business.
"Many of our leaders have themselves been former apprentices,
and there is a great deal of value placed on the development of our
apprentices so that they fully understand the nature of our
business, have the technical skills to perform safely and
effectively, and understand the vital role that Scottish Water
plays within our communities and society.
"SDS's full family of apprenticeships give more flexibility and
choice than ever before, providing pathways to enter into skills
development at different points and at different stages of
Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships are funded by the
Scottish Government, and developed by SDS, in partnership with
employers, universities and colleges with support from
the European Social Fund.
Foundation Apprenticeships are for school pupils to take
alongside qualifications such as Highers, while Graduate
Apprenticeships allow individuals to get qualified up to Master's
level whilst in employment.
Source - Scottish Governement Website