Apprentices get more support

Scottish Borders - Hawick Knitwear trainer Carol Gilmour with collar link  Jahanna Hartness

Scottish Borders - Hawick Knitwear trainer Carol Gilmour with collar link Jahanna Hartness

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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supported 198 people in the Borders to become Modern Apprentices and take that next step on their career path.

The apprentices, who started their apprenticeship between April 1 and September 30, 2013, are among the first of the 25,000 MAs SDS has committed to supporting this year.

SDS also gave careers advice, support and guidance to 1,233 people in the Borders during the same time period.

More than 50,000 Modern Apprentices have been recruited with the support of SDS over the past two years, which reflects the growing popularity of gaining practical experience while working towards a qualification.

Grant McDougall, SDS’s Head of Operations for the South East, said: “Year upon year, we are seeing the incredible benefits of Modern Apprenticeships and how they are meeting the needs of businesses of all sizes as well as boosting individual careers. In particular, they provide a way into employment for thousands of young people while helping to drive Scotland’s economy.

“Hawick Knitwear is a great example of a committed employer taking full advantage of the resource of Modern Apprentices to enhance and sustain its business.

“Youth employment is a key priority for SDS and all our partners in the Borders. We will continue to use our range of services to support more young people into work and to help employers find the people they need.”

If you are a business and thinking about taking on a Modern Apprentice call the employers’ helpline on 0800 783 6000. If you are looking for help to get in to work or want to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship, call the careers helpline on 0800 917 8000.