Increase in Modern Apprenticeships
15 June 2017
On track for 30,000 by 2020 target.
The number of Modern Apprenticeship starts increased to 26,262
and exceeded the 2016/17 annual target, new statistics have
Skills Development Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship statistics
for the fourth quarter of 2016/17 revealed that over the year:
- The number of Modern Apprenticeships starts exceeded the
2016/17 target of 26,000;
- 76% (19,847) of new starts were aged between 16 and 24;
- The largest proportion of new starts (23%) were in the
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
"I welcome these statistics which show we are exceeding our
Modern Apprenticeship targets with employers clearly recognising
the value of the opportunities they bring to increase skills in our
workforce and encourage new talent.
"As we work towards our 2020 target of expanding the number of
Modern Apprenticeship starts to 30,000 each year, we are growing,
widening and enhancing the apprenticeship programme to
respond to employers' needs. This work is paying off as we are
among the countries with the lowest youth unemployment rates in the
"We are continuing to enhance our Modern Apprenticeships so they
bring the right balance of opportunities to suit employers and the
workforce. In 2017 we are expanding the number of Graduate Level
and Foundation Apprenticeships, giving more individuals the chance
to take on work-based learning through universities and
"We have introduced a new Rural Supplement to help support
training provision in more remote areas, we are removing public
sector restrictions around MA funding, increasing the
opportunities for apprentices over 25, and enhancing
contribution rates for disabled people and those under the age of
29 with experience of care."
Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland Damien Yeates
"It is great news for young people, employers and Scotland as a
whole that we now have a record number of Modern Apprentices.
"It is clear that employers are continuing to invest in their
workforce and developing skills through employing Modern
"At SDS we will continue to work with individuals, employers,
training providers and partners to widen access to apprenticeship
and the opportunities that work based learning provides."
Modern Apprenticeships are part of
Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.