Scottish employers urged to take on apprentices
- 19 May 2012
- From the section Scotland business
Employers are being urged to take on an apprentice this year to help boost their business.
The Scottish government is promoting its guarantee of a place in training or education to all 16 to 19-year-olds as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week .
More than 12,000 employers have already signed up to its modern apprenticeship programme.
Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance said the scheme could help improve Scotland's economic future.
Ms Constance said: "Scottish Apprenticeship Week is designed to highlight modern apprenticeships and show young people they can earn while they learn, as well as getting a foot on the career ladder of their choice.
"The modern apprenticeship scheme also gives Scotland's employers a structured and supported way to boost their business by taking on a young trainee, and can play a key role in improving our economic future by helping businesses and young people alike."
Skills Development Scotland chairman John McClelland said: "It has never been more important for businesses across Scotland to grow and develop a skilled workforce."