We need more apprenticeships for Scotland – Jo
Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is urging the SNP Government to increase the number of apprenticeships created in Scotland. Jo’s call for more opportunities for local young people is part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to double the 1 million jobs the Coalition Government has already created in the private sector.
Jo wrote to the Scottish Government to outline the importance of ensuring young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed on the job market in light of Scotland falling behind England for businesses offering apprenticeships.
Commenting Jo said:
“The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped business create more than a million private sector jobs and now we’re working to create a million more. Apprenticeships are key to that.
“Modern apprentices not only provide young people with opportunities and careers, they are also a real help to businesses who take them on.
“The number of apprenticeships in Scotland is dropping, while numbers continue to rocket in the rest of the UK.
“Scotland can’t afford to fall behind England: we must do more for the next generation of school leavers and young people looking for work if we are going to create a strong economy on a fair society.
“That is why I am organising a challenge this summer as part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to double the number of businesses in the UK that offer apprenticeships. While this challenge may seem a tall order I know East Dunbartonshire will rise to the occasion!”
Jo’s letter to Angela Constance is below:
Angela Constance MSP
Minister for Youth Employment
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh EH99 1SP
13 June 2013
The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped business create more than a million private sector jobs and are now working to create a million more. Apprenticeships provide young people with opportunities and careers they may not otherwise have had. They are key to increasing jobs and are one of the success stories of the Coalition Government.
Currently 14% of businesses offer apprenticeships in England compared to only 12% in Scotland and the number of apprenticeships in Scotland is continuing to fall which will only widen that gap. Scotland should not be falling behind England.
I’ve spoken to many employers who have taken on apprentices in the past. They all praise the contribution their apprentices have made to the business: they’re hard-working, keen to learn and full of new ideas and ambition.
I would be grateful if you could tell me what steps the Scottish Government is making to increase the number of apprenticeships in Scotland to ensure young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the job market.
Jo Swinson MP