Fife College will offer almost 400 Modern Apprenticeship opportunities throughout the region in the 2021/22 academic year.
Skills Development Scotland recently announced Modern Apprenticeships numbers for the coming year with the places awarded to Fife College the second highest number of MA places of all colleges in Scotland.
392 Modern Apprenticeship places will be available at Fife College for the coming year, up from 259 last year.
The College already runs one of the most substantial Modern Apprenticeship programmes in Scotland with a funding contribution of over £1million from the new contract set to help support more local employers develop their workforces.
Modern Apprenticeships are available across many sectors, including customer service, hospitality, business administration, food and drink operations, and hairdressing as well as more traditional industries such as engineering, construction, plumbing and motor vehicles. They offer those over 16 the opportunity to train for a nationally recognised qualification whilst being in paid employment.
The awarding of this year’s Modern Apprenticeship places follows work by the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to provide a range of support measures for employers to recruit through apprenticeships. This has included the Apprenticeship Employer Grant and an enhanced Adopt an Apprentice offer.
Jan Thomson, Director of Business Development at Fife College, said:
“Apprenticeships will play a crucial role as we work to support our local economy to recover from the impact of the pandemic in the months ahead.
“We're therefore delighted to be able to offer the second highest numbers of Modern Apprenticeship places of any college in Scotland here at Fife College.
“Combining working and learning, Modern Apprenticeships are a great way to gain skills and experiences employers are looking for while also earning. For employers, they are also a great option to develop enthusiastic young talent with the exact skills and experience their business needs.
“We look forward to working with Fife Council, Skills Development Scotland and local businesses to ensure Fife benefits from this latest range of apprenticeship opportunities.”
Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland are one of the family of apprenticeships offered by Skills Development Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. Research by Skills Development Scotland found that 81% of Modern Apprentices moved into a position with more responsibility and/or better pay.