As Apprenticeship Week gets underway, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie has today called on the government to get businesses engaged with schools and colleges in order to boost apprentice programmes, as well as increasing the range of apprenticeships available for women and for disabled people.
On Monday, Willie Rennie will meet with apprentices on the University of St Andrews IT apprenticeship scheme to hear about how the successful program works.
Mr Rennie said:
“Apprenticeship Week offers a perfect opportunity for the Scottish Government to signals its commitment to working with business, schools and colleges to expand apprentice programs across the country.
“With the SNP passing up an opportunity to deliver a transformative investment in education in the recent budget, apprenticeships are more important than ever for driving social mobility and ensuring Scotland is fit for the future.
“The Scottish Government also needs to focus on increasing the range of apprenticeships available for women and for disabled people to ensure that everyone has a chance to find a career that is perfect for them.”