Strong support for Modern Apprenticeships

Young people and businesses in Angus are benefitting from Modern Apprenticeships according to figures released by national skills body Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

According to SDS, there were 622 Modern Apprenticeships in Angus last year and that 15 per cent of the 16 to 24-year-olds in employment in the local authority area are Modern Apprentices.

The figures also show that there have been 101,000 new Modern Apprenticeship places in Scotland during the past four years, surpassing the Scottish Government’s target of 25,000 each year.

Gordon MacDougall, SDS head of region for Angus, said: “Last year there were more than 620 new apprenticeship places in Angus and more than 25,000 across the country.

“It’s a great testament to employers that they have continued to invest in Modern Apprenticeship opportunities right through the economic downturn. It’s also a great credit to the Modern Apprentices that so many have successfully completed or are on their way to completing their apprenticeship.

“The enduring appeal of Modern Apprenticeships is that they are driven by employer demand and for the individual they allow the apprentices to get a job and learn while they earn. They provide young people with opportunities and support the local economy by anchoring skills and jobs in Angus.”

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