Scottish employers value Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) as being important to their business and are keen to continue offering and increase opportunities for young people. So says the results of a Skills Development Scotland survey published today (Tuesday) which is being welcomed by the SNP.
SNP MSP George Adam, a member of the Education and Culture Committee, said:
“It is testament to the dedication of young people enrolling on the MA scheme and the commitment of the wide range of companies signing up to it that we can welcome these figures today.
“There will be 25,000 Modern Apprenticeship opportunities every year of this parliament. An MA teaches young people the skills they need for employment and a gives them recognised qualifications for the real world.
“While there is no room for complacency it is clear Scotland’s policies of investing in our young people through Opportunities for All, and funding 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year, is paying off – meanwhile the Westminster system continues to follow its counter-productive cuts campaign.”
The report can be found by clcking here.
Key findings include:
* 96 per cent of employers reported that MA completers were better able to do their jobs
* Employers surveyed reported high levels of satisfaction with the relevance (85 per cent) and quality (83 per cent) of the training provided
* 75 per cent of employers viewed MAs as either important or vital to their business
* Most employers (83 per cent) who currently offer MAs plan to do so in future.