Banner Short

Modern Apprenticeships, a great opportunity for young people aged between 16 and 24 to build their skills whilst earning money; have witnessed a 45% increase in Glasgow since 2007. Modern Apprenticeships give young people the chance to take on responsibility and gain experience with the prospect of a fulltime job afterwards. Every year the number of young people on Modern Apprenticeships is continuing to increase, giving thousands more young people the skills they need to enter the workforce.

SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris said: “The increasing number of Modern Apprenticeships both locally and across Scotland is brilliant news for young people. This increase also highlights how effective the Scottish Government has been since 2007, in ensuring the next generation of workers are ready for the world of work. We have a Scottish Government that is committed to up skilling and empowering our youth.

Nationally the number of Modern Apprenticeships has increased from around 15,000 to over 25,000. This means that the SNP Government actually exceed their original target of 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships per year, every single year since 2011. In total the SNP have delivered more than 170,800 Modern Apprenticeships since 2007. Modern Apprenticeships have also been successful in getting more women into traditionally male dominated careers. In 2008 there were less than 3,000 women starting Modern Apprenticeships but since then the number of women starting Modern Apprenticeships has risen to over 10,000.

Bob Doris added: “When Scotland receives powers, Scotland uses them effectively. The Success that the Scottish Government has had in increasing the number of young people on Modern Apprenticeships, suggests that more powers, such as powers over minimum wage and tax credits should also be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The SNP would like powers over minimum wage to be devolved to Scotland, which would see the minimum wage for apprenticeships rise from £2.73 per hour, to £6.86 by 2020. This potential pay rise would encourage even more young people into Modern Apprenticeships. More Modern Apprenticeships mean more young people will be given the chance to get into fulltime work, gain skills and secure better futures. The Scottish Government has increased its target to 30,000 by the year 2020, and provided a further £3.8 million of funding to make that a reality.

“I’d urge any young person who would be interested in doing a modern apprenticeship or would like other careers advice to get in contact with Skills Development Scotland by calling 0800 917 8000 or visit their site Apprenticeships.scot”

Note:

Local Authority

Number of Starts by Year

Change %

07-08

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

Glasgow City

1,888

1,235

2638

2551

3,149

2,900

2,752

2,745

+45.4

Scotland

15,803

10,579

20,216

21,561

26,427

25,691

25,284

25,247

+59.7