Friday, 23 May 2014

Council backing for Modern Apprentices

North Ayrshire Council showed its commitment to young workers during National Apprentice Week, which ran between May 19 and 23.

The Council announced an expansion of its Modern Apprenticeship programme, which will mean a total of 280 young men and women will be supported into work over the coming year in a combination of internal and external placements.

Funding of £1.8m has been allocated to the programme, with input from the Council and the SNP Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Scotland Fund. North Ayrshire Council hopes local employers, training providers and the local authority’s other partners already involved in the Modern Apprentices programme will encourage more companies to take on young people.

Karen Yeomans, the Council’s Head of Development Planning, explained, “North Ayrshire Council is delighted to encourage local businesses to provide more apprenticeship places. Many local companies have benefited from recruiting apprentices to help fill the skills gap in their workforce.

“As one of North Ayrshire’s biggest employers, it is right that we lead the way in demonstrating our commitment to helping young people into employment, thereby increasing their life opportunities and boosting the local economy.”

During a visit to Ayrshire last week, Angela Constance MSP, SNP Cabinet Secretary for Youth Employment, said, “I would strongly encourage as many young people as possible to consider applying for Modern Apprenticeships. The strong links between Ayrshire College and local employers also represents the kind of employer-engagement that will contribute to the continuing development of Ayrshire’s young people."

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