Apprentices of the future

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A national skills developer has in this past year helped nearly 400 young people on to the path to achieving their dream career.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has helped 364 people in our area to become modern apprentices between April 1 and September 30 last year.

They are among 25,000 apprentices that the group has committed to support this year and a further 1,026 people in Angus have also gained from the SDS careers advice service.

Over 50,000 modern apprentices have been recruited in the last two years, an indicator of the growing popularity of gaining practical experience while working towards a qualification.

Gordon MacDougall, SDS head of operations for the north east, said: “Year upon year, we are seeing the incredible benefits of modern apprenticeships and how they are meeting the needs of businesses of all sizes as well as boosting individual careers. In particular, they provide a way into employment for thousands of young people while helping to drive Scotland’s economy.

“Youth employment is a key priority for SDS and we will continue to use our range of services to support more young people into work.”

Modern apprenticeships are available in over 80 occupations and to highlight the programme, employers, training providers and colleges will be engaging in a number of events as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week which runs from May 19 to 23.

For information on modern apprenticeships call the careers helpline on 0800 917 8000 or for businesses, call the employer’s helpline on 0800 783 6000.