The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Scottish Government announces 1,000 legacy apprentices

Training opportunities all over Scotland 
- thanks to Commonwealth Games

A thousand young men and women from across Scotland have been supported into an apprenticeship opportunity by the Legacy 2014 Young Persons’ Fund.

[Pictured: First Minister Alex Salmond today met Modern Apprentice Hannah Ross from Historic Scotland. Hannah helped build the table that is a feature of the First Minister's Parliament office in Holyrood. Hannah gained her apprenticeship through UCATT, a trade union specialising in construction.]

The Legacy 2014 Employer Recruitment Incentive funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) aims to have at least 1,500 apprentices in place by 31 March 2015. Today’s news confirms that the target is well on track.

Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance today met a number of apprentices working for Tennis Scotland. She said: “With the Queen’s Baton making its way round Scotland, excitement is building for the start of the Commonwealth Games later this month, and sport in Scotland is under the spotlight like never before.

“We have always been clear that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy goes beyond sport and beyond Glasgow and Scotland should grasp the economic opportunities stemming from the Games with both hands. Figures published last month showed that Scottish companies were set to benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds from Games’ contracts and as the figures today show, many young people are also achieving apprenticeships across a range of frameworks.

“The opportunities the Games have afforded these young people will help them develop their skills and set them up for successful future careers. Alongside the Youth Employment Scotland Fund, Opportunities for All and the actions stemming from the report on Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, the Scottish Government is committed to supporting more young people towards employment.”

Katie Hutton, Depute Director of National Training Programmes at Skills Development Scotland, added: “The Legacy incentive is also a great way of ensuring employers across Scotland benefit from the Commonwealth Games. 

“It is great to see some of our trainees flourishing in their roles as tennis coaches and knowing that many other Modern Apprentices are also being supported by this funding. The skills they learn will stay with them long after the Games have finished and that is a legacy that we are incredibly proud of.”

2014 Commonwealth Games Employer Recruitment Incentive: In support of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will deliver a £1,500 incentive for 16-19 year-olds undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in selected frameworks, where possible this can be linked to a sporting or cultural event. This Employer Recruitment Incentive will provide employment opportunities for young people across Scotland to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Games.

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