Push for firms to use modern ­apprentices

LAST week, at the end of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the Scottish Government’s youth employment minister encouraged more businesses to sign up to the modern apprenticeship programme run through Skills Development Scotland (SDS) .

Angela Constance MSP said: “The Scottish Government’s commitment to 25,000 modern apprentices every year is clear and the programme is becoming more accepted and valued in both Scottish culture and the business world.

“However, there is still much more to do to raise awareness of its benefits.”

A number of large businesses, including ScotRail, and former apprentices have signed up to the ambassador programme to promote the advantages of apprentices for both employers and employees.

Damien Yeates, chief executive of SDS, said:“These champions have experienced first hand the enormous contribution and tangible benefits that modern apprentices can bring to their business.”