To thrive and grow, Scottish businesses need employees with the right skills

Tackling Scotland’s skills gap

Modern Apprenticeships help employers to develop their workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees. For individuals, an MA is a job which lets them earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification.

25,000 new MAs every year

Each year, over 25,000 people start a Modern Apprenticeship – combining a qualification with on-the-job experience. This lets people work, learn and earn at the same time. We contribute towards the costs of their training, through a training provider who works with the business.

There are over 80 Modern Apprenticeship frameworks – from healthcare and financial services to construction and IT. These have been developed by sector skills councils, in consultation with their industry.

This means that MAs can build valuable work experience from day one and gain an accredited qualification which is recognised by industry. They’ll develop skills and expertise for their current and future jobs. Modern Apprenticeships are available at four different levels, some equivalent to a degree.

Find out why Mohammad thought a Modern Apprenticeship was the best way forward.

Equality matters

We’re working with our partners to ensure industry can make Modern Apprenticeships more accessible. We’re finding ways to increase participation and promote gender equality across National Training Programmes.

Download the equalities action plan for Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland

The impact: 92% of MAs stay in work once they’re qualified*

Modern Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to enhance Scotland’s work-based learning system and reduce youth unemployment.

Employers who’ve taken on MAs are positive about the experience: 96% say those who’ve undertook a Modern Apprenticeship are more able to do their job. They also praised MAs for improving productivity, staff morale, and service and product quality.

Modern Apprentices are also enthusiastic about their achievements – 97% would recommend an MA to other people. They provide an alternative route into the world of work, equipping people and employers with the skills they need to succeed.

*Six months after completing a Modern Apprenticeship.

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Lights, camera, action... our spotlight on apprenticeships

Zoom into work

On Day 2 of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, GTG Training hosted an open day at their centre in Glasgow to showcase their business and facilities, explain automotive apprenticeships on offer and encourage more young people to apply.

Carve out a career

Glasgow Traditional Building Forum event on Day 1 of Scottish Apprenticeship Week offered an opportunity for young people to try out traditional building skills, such as bricklaying, stain glass, stone carving.

Build new lives in Scotland

Beyar and Ibrahim both arrived in Scotland as children. A love of working with their hands has led them to do apprenticeships in construction.

Shipshape for the future

Danny Logue, Director of Operations at Skills Development Scotland, meets Laura Black at BAE Systems to talk apprenticeships in shipbuilding.

Careers in digital media

Damien Yeates, CEO of Skills Development Scotland, visits NS Design in Glasgow to find out how effective a Modern Apprenticeship is for starting your career in Digital Media.

Benefits of taking on apprentices

AXA Finance hosted an event for employers to showcase the benefits that apprenticeships bring to business. Employers from all levels heard from the apprentices about why the programme works for them.

How to build a girl

The Construction Industry Training Board are encouraging schoolgirls into the industry

Skills Development Scotland board member Willie Mackie turns apprentice for the day

The Ayrshire College chair tries his hand at riveting as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week