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 to 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 corporate plan to find out more.

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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