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South Ayrshire businesses will be encouraged to employ more modern apprentices as the third Scottish Apprenticeship Week gets under way on Monday.

Skills Development Scotland wants to work with bosses to recruit 25,000 new modern apprentices – matching the 25,000 training last year across more than 80 different occupations.

It is hoped local employers will see the benefits modern apprentices can bring to their businesses and to Scotland’s economy, while giving people the opportunity to earn while they learn.

During Scottish Apprenticeship Week, employers throughout the country will be outlining how their company has benefited from having modern apprentices in their workforce. They include Thomas Cook, based in Ayr, and AK Stoddarts.

This year will be the biggest Scottish Apprenticeship Week so far, with more than 80 events planned by large and small companies across Scotland as well as colleges, local authorities and sector skills councils.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week also sees the launch of the Modern Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 12th year.

The awards recognise the achievements of apprentices and employers and full details on how to enter will be available soon.

For more information about what modern apprenticeships can do for businesses visit: www.ourskillsforce.co.uk .

For more information on how to become a modern apprenticeship visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk.

Bosses at Thomas Cook are backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week in the hope that other firms will follow their lead.

The company’s recruitment campaign commences in May and applicants should apply via the website www.thomascook.com/recruitment/uk-and-ireland/Apprentices.