At least 28,000 new apprentices will be trained next year, with
increased support for rural areas and key sectors.
The target for 2018/19 was announced by Minister for
Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn in today's debate in the
Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government's Developing the
Young Workforce agenda.
Mr Hepburn also confirmed changes to the rural supplement and
increased funding for apprenticeships in key sectors. These
enhancements will mitigate against the cost of service delivery in
rural locations and provide additional support for training costs
in key areas, such as social services.
Mr Hepburn said:
"Over the last year we have seen tremendous progress against our
Developing the Young Workforce targets, hitting our headline
objective of reducing youth unemployment by 40%, four years ahead
"Despite this success, it is vital we continue to develop
Scotland's young workforce to meet the emerging needs and
opportunities of our employers and economy.
"That is why we are expanding the number of Modern
Apprenticeship places available to 28,000 next year, meaning even
more people can access a wide variety of vocational skills and
"By increasing access to the rural supplement, we are also
ensuring rural areas don't lose out, whilst additional funding for
key sectors such as social services will mean support is directed
to where it is most needed.
"In 2008, we were determined to ensure this generation of young
people had a bright future to look forward to. The actions we have
taken, the investment we are making, and the focus we continue to
apply mean that more young people are in work and have the skills
and training they need to succeed in life."
Source - Scottish Government