The stats are part of a national initiative by the Scottish Government which aims to boost the number of young people in work through MAs. It was recently announced a further £3.8 million will be invested in the scheme, with the future ambition of also increasing the minimum wage for apprentices to £4.13 per hour.
The acclaim by the Aberdeen Donside MSP follows a visit to Dingbro Ltd in honour of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, where he was greeted by several young apprentices.
Commenting on the figures, Mark said, “This is fantastic news for Aberdeen City. The Scottish Government continues to invest millions of pounds to boost the number of apprentices throughout Scotland, and with the cooperation and commitment from businesses based in the city; we have managed to get over 1,500 people into local apprenticeships.
“However, the UK Government must also play their part in supporting learners. This Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the UK Government have the perfect opportunity to take action to support our young people by committing to raise the minimum wage for apprentices.
“With the devolution of powers over the minimum wage we could raise the minimum wage for apprentices to provide those learning their trade with the support they need to succeed.
“I’d also like to acknowledge the bright and talented apprentices at Dingbro Ltd, who I had the great pleasure of meeting this week. They are a credit to their industry and represent just a small number of the many hardworking and dedicated apprentices throughout Aberdeen City.”
For more information on Mark McDonald visit: www.markmcdonald.org
For more information on Skills Development Scotland visit: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk