The Scottish Government target for apprenticeships has been
exceeded, with 27,145 people starting Modern Apprenticeshipsin
2017/2018, surpassing last year's target of 27,000.
The latest annual statistics from Skills Development Scotland
(SDS) show that the Scottish Government's commitment to increase
apprenticeship starts to 30,000 by 2020 is on course to be
met. This year's target of 28,000 starts as the next step to
that includes graduate apprenticeships as part of the formal target
for Modern Apprenticeships, with there being around 900 graduate
opportunities, up from 278 starts last year.
Announcing the figures during a visit to Edinburgh-based digital
technology business and apprentice employer, Cortex Worldwide Ltd,
Employability and Training Minister Jamie Hepburn said:
"Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for all employers to invest
in their workforce and provide the skills the economy needs now and
in the future. I welcome these statistics which show that once
again we are exceeding our annual Modern Apprenticeship target.
"We are funding more apprenticeships in Scotland than ever
before, and with a record 27,145 new Modern Apprenticeship starts
last year, we are on track to achieve our ambition to deliver
30,000 new apprenticeship starts by 2020.
"We are continuing to enhance the apprenticeship opportunities
available to provide the right balance of skills to meet the needs
of employers and the economy, including prioritising higher skilled
apprenticeships and STEM occupations."
During his visit Mr Hepburn met with the Cortex apprentices, who
work across Software Development, Cyber Security and IT Management
for Business. Having taken on its first Modern Apprentices is 2016,
Cortex now employs five apprentices and is due to take on another
three this year.
CEO of Cortex Worldwide, Peter Proud, said:
"Taking on Modern Apprentices and offering employees the
opportunity to develop their skills through Graduate
Apprenticeships has been hugely beneficial for the business.
"It brings diversity and fresh thinking into Cortex and ensures
the tech industry has the pipeline of talent with the training
needed to meet skills for the future.
"Any business owner should look hard at apprenticeships and the
solid business reasons to invest in young talent. Find a
Graduate Apprenticeship university to partner with and start
investing in their future."
SDS Head of National Training Programmes, Fiona Stewart,
"Employers and industry continue to invest in apprenticeships
because they recognise the benefits of developing a skilled
"The world of work is constantly changing and businesses
increasingly see apprenticeships as the way to meet their current
and future skills needs.
"For individuals and employers, there has never been a better
time to get involved in work-based learning."
Source - Scottish Government