– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 13th August 2009.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-25954

To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been introduced in the east end of Glasgow to provide skills training to 18 to 25-year-olds in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

The national training programmes offered by Skills Development Scotland continue to provide skills training for this age group. The national training programmes include Modern Apprenticeships, Skillseekers, Get Ready for Work and Training for Work. The national training programmes are available nationwide including in the east end of Glasgow.

As a result of the additional £16 million we have invested in the Modern Apprenticeship Programme, Glasgow City Council has been offered additional funding of around £2 million to help create up to an additional 1,000 new Modern Apprenticeship places this year for 16-19 year olds, as part of the Commonwealth Games Legacy Initiative.

Through ScotAction, launched on 10 June, individuals can also benefit from our skills support package for leading Scotland out of recession and on to economic growth. As part of ScotAction we have announced:

The Adopt an Apprentice Scheme that will help us deliver on our guarantee to apprentices to find them alternative employment so that they can complete their Modern Apprenticeship. The scheme gives employers a £2,000 helping hand to take on a redundant apprentice;

An additional 3,150 Training for Work places;

Support for 1,250 adult apprenticeships in health and social care, including Level 4 Management MAs;

One hundred "2 for 1" Life Sciences apprenticeships;

An additional 170 early years apprenticeships in 2009-10 for 16 – 19 year olds and

An additional 2,000 retail apprenticeships.

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