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In Today's Herald there's a very depressing report on the ever reducing number of apprenticeships in Scotland and lack of commitment by companies to creating opportunities. I suppose many of these would have been in the construction industry, which has taken a hammering with the recession but hard lines on the youngsters without prospects.

Salmond has a job on his hands keeping to his manifesto promise of creating 25,000 modern apprenticeships.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/apprentices-forced-out-1.1128350?68121

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In Today's Herald there's a very depressing report on the ever reducing number of apprenticeships in Scotland and lack of commitment by companies to creating opportunities. I suppose many of these would have been in the construction industry, which has taken a hammering with the recession but hard lines on the youngsters without prospects.

Salmond has a job on his hands keeping to his manifesto promise of creating 25,000 modern apprenticeships.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/apprentices-forced-out-1.1128350?68121

We all know about Politicians promises! Perhaps he was thinking of putting them on the tram system in Edinburgh so they could learn how not to do it!!

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We cannot get enough apprentices in engineering disciplines. I suspect, however, that is a stitch up piece by The Herald.

I tended to think that when men are being laid off right, left and centre that recruitment of apprentices is hardly likely to be high on the agenda. Of course, there are always certain areas where there are skills shortages. If the Government is going to leave it all down to the employers to create the opportunities then we're unlikely to see 25,000 apprenticeships, or anything like it.

At least they've not gone down the dreadful Youth Training Scheme route, where there was little training but a steady provision of cheap labour.

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I tended to think that when men are being laid off right, left and centre that recruitment of apprentices is hardly likely to be high on the agenda. Of course, there are always certain areas where there are skills shortages. If the Government is going to leave it all down to the employers to create the opportunities then we're unlikely to see 25,000 apprenticeships, or anything like it.

At least they've not gone down the dreadful Youth Training Scheme route, where there was little training but a steady provision of cheap labour.

In Scotland we are experiencing falling levels of unemployment, The Government's continued support for business in Scotland and the encouragement of Inward Investment (compared with the abandonment policies of the UK Govt) is reaping rewards. In addition to shortages in engineering we will soon be seeing shortages in software/IT development skills and in certain life science and chemical science disciplines. Skills Development Scotland are working flat out to keep the pipeline flowing.

http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

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In Scotland we are experiencing falling levels of unemployment, The Government's continued support for business in Scotland and the encouragement of Inward Investment (compared with the abandonment policies of the UK Govt) is reaping rewards. In addition to shortages in engineering we will soon be seeing shortages in software/IT development skills and in certain life science and chemical science disciplines. Skills Development Scotland are working flat out to keep the pipeline flowing.

http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

Unfortunately, skills development need employers to work with, samsc.

The incentive doesn't seem to be encouraging enough of them to take on apprentices.

http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/services-for-employers/recruitment/employer-recruitment-incentive.aspx

I had a look at the apprentice of the year finalists and only see one employee from the third sector, Glasgow Housing Association. Maybe more of the Government funded agencies could play their part. For example I'm wondering if the NHS take on apprentices?

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