Drop in MA starts a cause for concern

Drop in MA starts a cause for concern

Drop in MA starts a cause for concern

The SNP Scottish Government must do more to encourage modern apprenticeships in the Stirling area- that is the message from Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart.

Statistics released following a parliamentary question from the MSP show that the number of modern apprenticeship starts in the Stirling area fell from 436 in 2016/17 to only 410 in 2017/18.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

‘’These new figures are a damning verdict on this SNP Government’s poor record on modern apprenticeships.

‘’Stirling is home to many cutting edge businesses, large and small, who would benefit from employing a modern apprentice to diversify their workforce and drive new innovations.

‘’For too long, vocational education has been seen as the poor relation of university, but increasingly it is a gateway to opportunity for young people.

‘’I have heard about the benefits of an MA first-hand during a recent visit to Sales Agility on King Street in Stirling as part of Apprenticeship Week.

‘’We need to create more of these opportunities here in the local area so that we can yet again make Scotland, and Stirling, a great place for learning work-based skills aligned with our future economy.’’