Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Apprenticeships

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

As I have just said, we are rolling out foundation apprenticeships more widely. That wider availability will ensure that more young people have the opportunity to take part and, specifically, it will ensure that we have greater diversity among those taking part in STEM careers and apprenticeships. We take that very seriously and we are approaching it through a range of initiatives. Skills Development Scotland works with partners at a local level to ensure that there is greater uptake of foundation apprenticeships in STEM-related opportunities, and ensuring that young people from deprived backgrounds can get that opportunity is of critical importance.