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Disabled people and care experienced young people up to and including 29 will now receive the highest level of Modern Apprenticeship funding for their chosen framework.

As part of the Scottish Government’s new Disability Delivery Plan (DDP), this announcement means greater support for apprentices from these key groups and that more individuals and employers will experience the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Skills Development Scotland Head of National Training Programme Development Karen Murray said:

“Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to get a job, get paid and get qualified all at the same time.

“We recognise that disabled people and those who are care experienced can face challenges on their career journey and hope that now with support increasing for those up to those up to and including 29, more individuals will access and succeed in apprenticeship opportunities.

“No matter your background, you can get your career off to a great start across a wide range of jobs with an apprenticeship.”

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Our new Disability Delivery Plan – ‘A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People’, will work to remove the barriers disabled people can face when it comes to finding and sustaining employment, and developing their careers. 

“By boosting the funding support to the highest level for disabled Modern Apprentices and young people with experience of being in care, we are opening up more opportunities for individuals to earn a wage and gain industry-recognised qualifications, while supporting employers to develop a skilled, diverse, inclusive workforce for the future.  

“In Scotland we are seeing real success in supporting young people into work. We surpassed our target to deliver 25,500 Modern Apprenticeships last year and we are moving towards our commitment to fund 30,000 starts by 2020, which means even more people and employers will be able to benefit from work based learning and apprenticeships.”

This increased contribution rate supports the delivery of the Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships, launched at the end of last year by SDS and partners.

The five year plan was drawn up with the support of equality groups and stakeholders across Scotland to increase the number of young disabled people; those from an ethnic minority and care leavers entering Modern Apprenticeships.

The plan also aims to tackle gender segregation in types of apprenticeships where a gender imbalance exists.

There were more than 25,500 new Modern Apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland Iast year, with over 80 different types available in hundreds of jobs.

From financial services and healthcare to construction and IT, each apprenticeship is developed by industry to suit their needs.

This means that apprentices can earn while they learn from day-one and gain an accredited qualification which is recognised by industry.

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