Labour "found out" on modern apprentices

LABOUR “FOUND OUT” ON MODERN APPRENTICES

“WHEN YOU’RE IN A HOLE – STOP DIGGING”

Labour’s Youth Employment spokesperson Kezia Dugdale “has been found out” on misrepresenting Modern Apprenticeships the SNP have said, following yet more revelations in First Minister’s Questions regarding her ‘disreputable’ attack on the training programme.

Labour falsely claimed this week that Modern Apprenticeships were only for people who were unemployed, when in reality the programme has always supported both getting people into work and up-skilling those already in employment.

Today the First Minister revealed that last year only 23% of 16 to 24 year old Modern Apprentices had been in work for at least six months – but this compared to 49% in 2006 when Labour were in power.

Commenting, SNP MSP Marco Biagi – a Member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee – said:

“When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Labour clearly are not content with just voting against 25,000 modern apprenticeships, now Kezia Dugdale is intent on trying to misrepresent the Modern Apprenticeship programme itself.

“Ms Dugdale accused the Scottish Government of ‘massaging’ the figures on Modern Apprentices – even though it runs the system in the same manner as when Labour were in power, and that under the SNP the number of apprenticeships has vastly increased.

“Labour’s grand accusation was that some apprenticeships had been in employment for over 6 months – this has always been the case and provides welcome opportunities for many to improve their skills in their workplace. And as the First Minister revealed today, a far higher rate of unemployed young people have entered apprenticeships than when Labour were last in power.”