More than 25,000 new Modern Apprenticeships were created in the past year.
This surpasses the Scottish Government’s ambition and helping apprenticeship job creation move closer to pre-pandemic levels.
Statistics from Scotland’s skills agency, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), show that there were 25,447 Modern Apprenticeship starts from April 2022 to March 2023.
Modern Apprenticeship starts are now at 93% of pre-pandemic levels, showing employer demand for critical skills.
The figures also show that the number of apprentices in-training across the country is at the highest ever level, at around 39,000.
High quality apprenticeships vital
Graeme met apprentices from a range of employers including Balfour Beatty, Leonardo and Scottish Water who were speaking to young people about the benefits of apprenticeships at the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) event ‘Youth Without Limits Live: Beyond the CV’ at Dynamic Earth in the capital.
Supporting a wellbeing economy
DofE transferable skills
The Dynamic Earth event provided opportunities for DofE participants hailing from all over the country to develop skills required in life and the workplace and understand how their experiences can support their future careers.
Opening access to work
Of those individuals starting an apprenticeship over the last year, the majority (81%) were taking qualifications at higher levels of SCQF Level 6 or above, which is a year-on-year increase and supports the Scottish Government’s drive to create high quality opportunities.
The percentage share of individuals who started a Modern Apprenticeship and declared as having a disability, care experienced or coming from an ethnic minority community also rose. The largest share of starts – 24% – were individuals from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland.
Construction had the highest number of starts (6,623) followed by the Sport, Health and Social Care grouping (5,749). The IT & Other Services group had the third highest number of starts overall (3,258) and the largest annual increase (+16.4%).
Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) of all starts were in growth/key sector-related groups and Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) frameworks accounted for almost half (47.0%) of starts, which is an increase on last year and also compared to pre-COVID percentage share.
Scottish Government has continued its commitment to apprenticeships with an ambition to deliver up to 25,500 Modern Apprenticeship starts in 2023/24.
The latest Interim Participation Snapshot, published by SDS, shows 90.8% of 16- to 19-year-olds are in learning, training or work – including apprenticeships.