Early years ap­pren­tice­ships set to soar

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

A record num­ber of early years ap­pren­tice­ships are set to start this year as part of the ex­pan­sion of free nurs­ery and child­care.

Ed­u­ca­tion bosses are dou­bling funded child­care from 600 to 1,140 hours by 2020.

And the num­ber of early learn­ing and child­care modern ap­pren­tice­ships has al­ready in­creased by 22 per cent over the past five years.

It is ex­pected to rise even fur­ther fol­low­ing a £1,000 in­crease in the con­tri­bu­tion of­fered to em­ploy­ers.

Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney said: “I want to give ev­ery child in Scot­land the best start in life, re­gard­less of their back­ground, and our ex­pan­sion of free early learn­ing and child­care will do just that.

“As well as trans­form­ing the choices and chances of chil­dren, this pol­icy will save fam­i­lies thou­sands of pounds in fees ev­ery year and fur­ther ben­e­fit the wider econ­omy through the cre­ation of thou­sands of new jobs.

“This gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing an ex­tra £54.3 mil­lion this year alone to ex­pand and up­skill the early learn­ing and child­care work­force, in­clud­ing through in­creas­ing the num­ber of ap­pren­tice­ships and our na­tional re­cruit­ment cam­paign.”

The num­ber of Modern Ap­pren­tice­ships in early learn­ing and child­care in­creased in up­take by 22.7 per cent from 1,141 in 2012/13 to 1,400 in 2016/17.

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