The SNP has supported 6, 682 Modern Apprenticeships in North Ayrshire in ten years of Government – with 37,000 young people currently going through an apprenticeship in Scotland.

Many areas in Scotland have experienced an increase in MA uptake of over 80% in the last 10 years – with a staggering 89.2 % more MA starts in North Ayrshire compared to 2007.

The SNP manifesto has committed to delivering 30,000 apprenticeships each year by 2020, up from 15,000 when the party took office, targeting the additional places on higher level courses, including graduate-level apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March.

Commenting, Ruth Maguire, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South said:

“I am delighted that as we celebrate this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the latest statistics show that the SNP Government has supported over 200,000 apprentices in 10 years.

In North Ayrshire, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of apprenticeships since 2007 – dramatically increasing from 446 to 844.

The SNP’s extra investment and focus over the last decade has transformed apprenticeships – building bridges with industry, filling skills gaps and enhancing productivity, while giving our young people the skills they need to be at the forefront of our economy and our jobs market.

We delivered on our manifesto target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year back in 2011-12 and we have now raised that target to 30,000 per year by 2020.

This Modern Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all businesses to think about how their business could benefit from taking on an apprentice.”