Ingram welcomes apprenticeship figures

News that over 350 apprenticeships have been started in South Ayrshire over 2014/15 have been welcomed by Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Adam Ingram.

Figures released by Skills Development Scotland show that by the end of the third quarter of 2014/15 there were 19,517 modern apprenticeship starts in Scotland – 78 per cent of the total annual target of 25,000 modern apprenticeships and a two per cent increase on the same point last year.

Mr Ingram said: “These figures are testament to the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in youth employment – creating almost 100,000 new apprenticeship opportunities over the last four years including a total of 354 starts in South Ayrshire in 2014/15 so far.

“Apprenticeships play a key role in the Scottish Government’s efforts to promote youth employment and these figures are further evidence of the real results being achieved for young people in South Ayrshire – but there is always more which could be done.

“With the full range of economic powers in Scotland’s hands rather than Westminster’s we can do even more to boost youth employment and give local young people the opportunities they deserve.

“This is one of the reasons we need to elect an SNP MP.”