The figures published this week show that the number of Modern Apprenticeships in training in East Lothian has grown from 474 to 503 – as the national figure for apprentices has increased to 25,818.
The SNP in government has committed to boosting the number of Modern Apprentices across Scotland to 30,000 by 2020.
Commenting, Mr Beattie said:
“Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the local and national economy – offering our young people better career prospects and having a positive impact on the businesses and industries which take them on.
“That is why I’m so pleased that the number of young people in East Lothian benefitting from these excellent opportunities has grown over the last year – and that the SNP Government has exceeded the national target for apprentices for the fifth year in a row.
“But there is clearly more work to do – and the SNP in government is committed to increasing opportunities for our young people by boosting the number of Modern Apprenticeships to 30,000 across Scotland by 2020. And I’m looking forward to even more people across East Lothian benefiting from this type of opportunity.”