Local Constituency MSP Colin Beattie has urged employers in Midlothian and East Lothian to apply for the SNP Government’s £15 million Apprenticeship Employer Grant.
Marking Scottish Apprenticeship Week, that runs from 1st to 7th March, the MSP has encouraged employers to make the most of the fund which would provide £5,000 for taking on or upskilling a 16 to 24-year old apprentice, or up to 29 years for those who are disabled, care leavers and minority ethnic, and £3,500 for taking on or upskilling an apprentice over 25.
The grant will help increase the number of employers able to take on an apprentice or upskill an existing staff member. The fund closes on 25th March or until funding levels are exceeded.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie, said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the jobs and opportunities available for young people and employers have faced incredible challenges due to the pandemic – that’s why the SNP Government has introduced the Apprenticeship Employer Grant.
“To mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week, I am encouraging local businesses in Midlothian and East Lothian to register for the scheme and take on apprentices – creating jobs and teaching our young people new skills.
“Alongside the Young Person’s Guarantee, the SNP Scottish Government is taking steps to ensure we create a robust recovery plan. To do that we need a resilient workforce and our young people will be at the very heart of that.”