Glasgow employers urged to hire apprentices ahead of national campaign launch in March
Wednesday, 01 February 2017
More employers hiring apprentices is vital to the Glasgow economy according to the business-led group set up to develop the young workforce in the region.
DYW Glasgow, along with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is urging more employers to hire apprentices to boost their business and support the local economy.
The call comes ahead of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 from 6 to 10 March.
Organised by SDS, the campaign highlights the benefits for businesses that have decided to invest in the skills of their employees.
Last year there were 2,710 new Modern Apprenticeship starts in Glasgow.
And businesses in Scotland employed a record number of apprentices last year as more than 25,500 young people got the chance to work, learn and earn.
A survey of apprentice employers showed three-quarters said that apprentices improved productivity, while nine out of ten would recommend apprenticeships to their industry.
Chair of DYW Glasgow Patricia Rainey, Cluster Director of HR for Marriot Hotel, Scotland/North UK said: “Local employers hiring apprentices is vital to developing the young workforce and crucial for employers to make sure they have the right skills for the future.
“We encourage all employers – no matter their size to consider the benefits apprenticeships could bring to their business.
“There’s no better time than Scottish Apprenticeship Week to find out more about work-based learning.”
Skills Development Scotland pays a contribution towards the cost of training apprentices on behalf of the Scottish Government.
New Foundation Apprenticeships mean young people can also now start a Modern Apprenticeship at school while Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide employees with work-based learning opportunities to degree level.
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