Skills Generation


The power of apprenticeships

For generations Scottish Apprenticeships have: 

  • powered potential 

  • passed on the skills to thrive 

  • built businesses to prosper 

  • energised the economy 

Scottish Apprenticeships are creating the new generation of Scotland’s skilled workforce.  

Employers generate apprenticeship opportunities, so people get the skills they need, now and in the future. Learning providers support apprenticeships to generate skilled and productive employees. 

Key messages

Scottish Apprenticeships fuel Scotland’s Skills Generation.  

They generate:   

  • opportunities for people to succeed in life and work   

  • skills employers need now and in future 

  • growth for Scotland’s economy 

Apprenticeships are providing skills to help businesses compete in a changing world. 

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Stats and facts


  • There are around 12,000 apprentice employers in Scotland.  

  • Over 90% of apprentice employers are small to medium enterprises.  

  • Over 80% of apprentice employers pay at least the real Living Wage as a minimum.  

  • 83% of employers report improved productivity through apprentices.  


  • Nearly 40,000 apprentices are in training across Scotland.  

  • 91% of apprentices remain in work or employment after their apprenticeship.  

  • Over 80% of those who completed a Modern Apprenticeship progressed to a better job.   

  • Apprentice wellbeing is higher than in the general population.  

  • Modern Apprentices earn up to 52% more compared with a non-completer.  

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  • For every £1 in public investment, the Scottish Exchequer gets £4 to £5 in return.  

  • £100m of public investment in apprenticeships generate around £450m tax back.  

  • Employers invest around £10 in apprenticeships for every public-funded £1.


Get involved

Find easy and enjoyable ways to celebrate and make the most of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. There are lots of ideas for apprentices, employers and learning providers.

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See what's on

There's so much going on during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, 4 to 8 March 2024. Check out these events and find one near you.

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Tell us what you're doing

Are you planning an event or activity for Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2024? Tell us what you're doing and we'll promote it in our events listings.


Social media ideas

We’ve got tips and ideas to help you spread the word about Scottish Apprenticeship Week on socials.


Schools support

Use these resources and events to help you highlight apprenticeships during Scottish Apprenticeship Week and beyond.


Scottish Apprenticeship Awards

The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards are the flagship event of the week. Find out how we celebrate apprentices, employers and learning providers from across Scotland.


Free marketing resources to download

Get colourful #ScotAppWeek24 photos and video to promote apprenticeships. Use them anywhere – in posters, on your socials, in emails or in presentations.

Find out more

Get your hands on: #ScotAppWeek24 campaign resources for your socials, posters or presentations. 

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