Modern Apprenticeships making a mark on Western Isles

Young people and businesses in the Western Isles are benefitting from Modern Apprenticeships.

Figures from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) show that there were 108 Modern Apprenticeships in the Western Isles last year.

Also 10 per cent of the 16 to 24-year-olds in employment in the local authority area are Modern Apprentices.

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

SDS Head of Region for Western Isles, Anthony Standing, said: “Last year there were more than 100 new apprenticeship places in the Western Isles 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.

“Modern Apprenticeships provide young people with opportunities and support the local economy by anchoring skills and jobs in the Western Isles.”

Businesses can find out more about support for hiring Modern Apprentices at www.ourskillsforce.co.uk