Record number of Modern Apprenticeships
6 June 2017
More work-based learning opportunities as number of
apprenticeship starts increased to more than 26,000
A record number of apprentices got the chance to work, learn and
earn last year thanks to industry and employers.
The number of Modern Apprenticeship starts increased to 26,262,
exceeding the annual target, new statistics have confirmed.
Skills Development Scotland's statistics show the number of
Modern Apprenticeships starts exceeded the 2016/17 target of
26,000; more than three quarters of starts were aged 16 to
24-years-old and more than a third were in STEM-related
Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland Damien Yeates
said: "It is great news for young people, employers and Scotland as
a whole that we now have a record number of Modern
"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."
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
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 EU.
"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
Mr Hepburn visited the Busby Hotel in Clarkston and heard from
Modern Apprentices who have been training through the Manorview
Read the full statistical report
Source - Skills Development Scotland