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Apprenticeship Numbers Boost Future Generation Confidence

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has released statistics for the previous year of new apprenticeships starts and results show that from April 2022 to March 2023, over 25,000 individuals enrolled on to an apprenticeship programme, which surpasses the Scottish Government’s ambitions and helping Scottish apprenticeship numbers move closer to pre-covid statistics.

The number of apprenticeships starts is now at 93% of pre-covid levels, showing that there is a demand from employers for critical skills. Results also show that the number of apprentices in current training across Scotland is at its highest record at approximately 39,000.

Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Higher and Further Education said “Apprenticeships are vital for people to develop their skills and for employers to invest in their workforce for the future.”

“Supporting skills development across people’s lifetimes is critical to our future productivity and success, underlining our commitment to a skilled workforce set out within the National Strategy for Economic Transformation. Our priority is for high quality apprenticeships that provide sustainable jobs and careers.”

Frank Mitchell, Chair of Skills Development Scotland said “The number of apprenticeships supported by employers show that they are a critical way of developing much-needed skills and sustainable jobs across all parts of Scotland supporting a wellbeing economy.”

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