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Number of Modern Apprenticeships Exceeds Target

The number of people who started Modern Apprenticeships (MA) in Scotland has gone up and now stands at 27,145 and aims to be at 30,000 by 2020.  Modern Apprenticeship Statistics

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Nearly 25% of the Modern Apprenticeship starts were from the most deprived areas of Scotland. 61% of MA starts are male.

20,309 (78%) people completed their Modern Apprenticeship.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training in the Scottish Government 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.”

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Fiona Stewart,Skills Development Scotland Head of National Training Programmes,  said:

“Employers and industry continue to invest in apprenticeships because they recognise the benefits of developing a skilled workforce.

“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.”

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You can find out more about Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Apprenticeships at Skills Development Scotland

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