Supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Iain Gray MSP is supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, to help demonstrate and promote the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

Scottish Apprenticeships support the Young Person’s Guarantee, introduced by Scottish Government to ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training. For businesses backing talent who can give someone the chance of an apprenticeship there’s more support than ever before.

The Apprentice Employer Grant provides up to £5000 to recruit an apprentice, there’s additional funding to take on a redundant apprentice through Adopt an Apprentice and Pathway Apprenticeships are available for school leavers not in a job or education to gain work-based learning and qualifications in sectors with skills needs.

In these challenging times, apprentices can play a vital role in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“In previous years I’ve usually tried to support and promote Scottish Apprenticeship Week by visiting a local workplace and meeting some apprentices. Unfortunately, that is obviously not an option this year, but it’s still important to highlight the week and the many benefits offered by apprenticeships.

“This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, with the aim of demonstrating how businesses benefit when they back talent through apprenticeships. Businesses have adapted to challenging times over the last year, with employers and learning providers having innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress, despite the difficulties posed by Covid-19.  

“The week highlights the range of support available to employers to help them take on an apprentice and opportunities for individuals to progress through Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, and I urge local employers to get involved and find out how apprenticeships can benefit them and their workforce.”

Find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships and the support available to get involved at