7,686 MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT IN TEN YEARS
06 March 2017
SNP SECURING SKILS FOR THE FUTURE
The SNP has supported 7,686 Modern Apprenticeships in the Falkirk district in ten years of Government - with 37,000 young people currently going through an apprenticeship in Scotland.
Many areas in Scotland have experienced an increase in MA uptake of over 80% in the last 10 years – with 84% more MA starts in Falkirk district compared to 2007.
The SNP manifesto has committed to delivering 30,000 apprenticeships each year by 2020, up from 15,000 when we took office, targeting the additional places on higher level courses, including graduate-level apprenticeships.
National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March.
Commenting, Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East MSP said:
“I am delighted that as we celebrate this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the latest statistics show that the SNP Government has supported over 200,000 apprentices in 10 years.
“In the Falkirk district, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of apprenticeships since 2007 – increasing from 497 to 918 in 2015/16, and with 596 apprentices having started in the 2016/17 year so far.
“The SNP’s extra investment and focus over the last decade has transformed apprenticeships - building bridges with industry, filling skills gaps and enhancing productivity, while giving our young people the skills they need to be at the forefront of our economy and our jobs market.
“We delivered on our manifesto target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year back in 2011-12 and we have now raised that target to 30,000 per year by 2020.
“This Modern Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all businesses to think about how their business could benefit from taking on an apprentice.”
MSP CALLS FOR OPPOSITION TO SUPPORT POSITIVE INVESTMENT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT
22 February 2017
LABOUR SHOULD STOP ALIGNING WITH PARTY OF AUSTERITY
Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has challenged opposition parties to back the Scottish Government’s support for jobs, wages and public services in the Falkirk district, in Stage 3 of the budget debate this week.
Even under extreme budgetary pressure from Westminster – the Scottish Government’s budget will benefit Falkirk district with the continuation of electrification of the railways, as well as direct attainment funding for schools and additional resource funding for Falkirk Council.
Angus MacDonald MSP has condemned Labour and the Conservatives, including Alison Harris MSP, for choosing to oppose investment in communities throughout Falkirk district.
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“Despite continuing Tory austerity, the Scottish Government’s budget will deliver above inflation investment in the NHS, which will allow NHS Forth Valley to deliver further improvements for patients.
“Falkirk district itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including from an additional £4.5 million funding for Falkirk Council, vital for services across the district.
“This comes on top of additional funding for health and social care partnerships and for schools, with £3,538,800 attainment cash going directly to primary and secondary schools right across the Falkirk district.
“Additionally - 70% of businesses in the Falkirk district will see either a reduction in their rates or no change at all after the revaluation.
“It’s time for the opposition to get behind this strong package of investment in Falkirk district.”