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MSP MARKS SCOTTISH APPRENTICESHIP WEEK WITH VISIT TO RUTHERGLEN FIRM
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey marked the end of Scottish Apprenticeship Week with a visit to MD Electrical Contractors in Rutherglen.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the annual campaign to show that apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy. The campaign which ran from the 5th to 9th March this year, is a nationwide celebration aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.
The Scottish Government has increased the number of new apprenticeships from 10,500 in 2008 to 28,000 in 2018-19 – and is on track to achieve 30,000 new apprenticeship starts by 2020.
Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:
“I was delighted to join Electrical MD Contractors to mark the end of this year’s Scottish Apprenticeships Week and hear of how they are helping young people gain a qualification while they work.
“The Scottish Government’s action to increase the number of modern apprentices since 2007 has been transformational. Not only are we seeing more people starting modern apprenticeships than last year, but we’re also seeing more women starting, more disabled people starting, and more people from BAME backgrounds starting.
“Modern apprentices make a real contribution to the local and national economy – offering our young people better career prospects and having a positive impact on the businesses and industries which take them on.”
Please find below a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP with apprentices from Electrical MD Contractors (taken 9th March).
Date published: 9th March 2018