Scottish Bakers welcomes news of funding for employers to take on an apprentice

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has today confirmed that employers who take on an apprentice can access increased financial support.

The new Apprenticeship Employer Grant announced by the Scottish Government Monday 30 November offers further financial support to employers who take on a Modern or Graduate Apprentice within their business.

Part of the Scottish Government's Young Person's Guarantee, the Apprenticeship Employer grant aims to encourage more employers to take on an apprentice or upskill an existing staff member through an apprenticeship.

The funding includes:

  1. £5,000 for employers taking on or upskilling a 16 to 24-year through an apprenticeship, and for those aged up to 29 years who have a disability, are care experienced or are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  2. £3,500 for employers taking on or upskilling an individual aged 25 and over through an apprenticeship.

Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers, Alasdair Smith, which supports and protects the interests of Scotland's bakers, said, "This is additional investment in much needed skills development is a welcome measure that will be an important part of efforts to stimulate our economy as we recover from the covid-19 pandemic.

Scottish Bakers represents small traders right the way up to international bakery-based food manufacturing businesses, and every year National Food & Drink Training (NFDT), our specialist training arm, recruits well-over 400 apprentices onto a range of bespoke apprenticeship programmes with above average completion rates."

"Our role in the food and drink sector in Scotland is vital with bakeries having such a strong presence on our High Streets, employing around 12,000 people and delivering revenue of around £1.3 billion. As such we welcome today's announcement which we hope will indeed help businesses realise their growth ambitions now and into the future by investing in the right skills now and into the future."

NFDT Training and Quality Manager, Scott Anderson, said, "we deliver apprenticeships in traditional Craft Bakery, Food Production and Supervisory Skills in bakeries and beyond into food & drink manufacturing, whisky, soft drinks, seafood and sea fish, and dairy industries.

"Our team of expert training advisers is ready now to support businesses looking to develop their workforce and I'd urge any employer from the food and drink sector in Scotland looking for more information to contact us right away."

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP said, "This pandemic has hit us hard - especially our young people who are facing fewer opportunities. We must help this generation who have been caught so cruelly in the eye of the COVID-19 storm.

"To do that we've established the £60 million Young Person's Guarantee. It aims to give everyone aged 16-24 the opportunity of work, education or training.

"As part of that we will invest £15 million to help more employers take on an apprentice. Businesses want to give young people opportunities, but for many the impact of the pandemic will make the costs hard to meet. So we'll pay employers up to £5,000 for every new Modern Apprentice they take on."

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell, said: "Scottish Government's support underlines the commitment to apprenticeships and their crucial role in economic recovery. "Additional funding for employers to recruit apprentices means sustaining vital opportunities for people to work, learn and earn, while ensuring businesses have the critical skills they need" Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell.

The application process for the Apprenticeship Employer Grant will open from the beginning of January 2021 but you can arrange for registration of new learners through NFDT now.

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