Midlothian MSP urges employers to apply for apprenticeship grant

Local MSP Christine Grahame has urged employers in Midlothian to apply for the Scottish Government’s £15 million Apprenticeship Employer Grant.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 4:28 pm
Stock photo by John Devlin .
Stock photo by John Devlin .

Marking Scottish Apprenticeship Week, running March 1-7, the MSP encouraged employers to make the most of the fund which would provide £5,000 for taking on or up-skilling a 16 to 24-year old apprentice, for those aged up to 29 years who are disabled, care leavers and minority ethnic. And £3,500 for taking on or up-skilling an apprentice over 25.

The grant will help increase the number of employers able to take on an apprentice or up-skill an existing staff member.

The fund closes on March 25 or until funding levels are exceeded.

Ms Grahame (SNP), MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said: “The ongoing coronavirus 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 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 build a resilient recovery.

"To do that we need a resilient workforce and our young people will be at the very heart of that.”