Young people encouraged to choose apprenticeships to “earn whilst they learn”

19 February 2019

The Scottish Government is encouraging young people to look at apprenticeships as an
attractive career path as part of their Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) strategy.
This comes as part of the Government’s plan to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by
2021.

Learning whilst earning has become an increasingly attractive alternative to full time
academic study and employers say that taking on apprentices is resulting in growth and
increased productivity in their businesses.

DYW is reporting apprenticeship opportunities in Scotland are increasing because of
strengthened links between schools and businesses to prepare young adults for the
world of work.

Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body supporting the people and
businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills, has championed
apprenticeships as fundamental to the growth and success of Scotland’s economy.

Katie Hutton, Director of National Training Programmes for Skills Development Scotland
said: “Scottish Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a vital means for industry as
more individuals recognise the benefits of work-based learning to gain skills in careers
for the future.”

The 2019 Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from 4-8 March and will showcase the
value and benefits of apprenticeships to young people interested in finding a career and
to local employers who want to be involved in career based training. This year’s theme
is ‘Skills for the Future’; to recognise the importance of investing in our workforce.

In 2018, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, announced in a Holyrood debate on the Scottish Government’s strategy on youth employment, that in 2018/19 they aim to train at least 28,000 new apprentices, with increased support for rural areas.

For the Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Skills Development Scotland will partner with councils, industry, learning providers, schools and employers to encourage many more employers to take on apprentices.

This year’s #ScotAppWeek will also be encouraging people, including current and past apprentices, to show their gratitude for individuals who have made a difference to their career.

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