The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Target met for fifth year in a row

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The number of Modern Apprentice­s (MA) in training in 2015/16 rose to 25,818, exceeding the Scottish Government’s target for the fifth year in a row.

Skills Developmen­t Scotland (SDS) figures showed that 196,626 people in Scotland have started an MA since 2007.

The scheme gives young people the opportunit­y to begin careers while achieving industry recognised qualificat­ions.

Employabil­ity minister Jamie Hepburn said: “Modern Apprentice­s make a real contributi­on to the Scottish economy.

“They offer our young people better career prospects and have a positive impact on businesses and industry.”

The target of 25,000 MAs for this year having been met, he said the aim will be 26,000 next year.

SDS chief executive Damien Yeates said employers’ investment in MAs shows the value businesses place on developing their workforce.

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