Give them a chance

Councillor Brett meets some young apprentices in Falkland.
Councillor Brett meets some young apprentices in Falkland.

A call for further action to boost the number of apprentices in north east Fife has been made by the Scottish Liberal Democrats .

Statistics recently released show the number of modern apprentices across the Kingdom as a whole has increased.

But MP Sir Menzies Campbell and Parliamentary candidate Tim Brett, who represents Taybridgehead on Fife Council, say more work needs to be done to ensure every corner of Fife can benefit from the support which is available.

The figures, which come from Skills Development Scotland, show there were 860 new apprenticeship starts in Fife between April and September this year and that, over the same period, 795 students completed their training.

Earlier this year, Sir Menzies and Cllr Brett launched a new campaign, supported by Fife Council, to help more young people in north east Fife secure a modern apprenticeship.

Sir Menzies said: “This increase in the number of modern apprentices across Fife is to be welcomed.

“We need to do all we can to ensure young people get the training and education they need.

“But with the number of college places locally under pressure as a result of the SNP government’s misguided policy on funding education, it is more important than ever that we are boosting the number of apprentices available locally.

“Across Fife as a whole, the numbers are positive but the suspicion is that north east Fife is not benefiting in the same way as other areas.

“I am certain this is not intentional, but it is important that young people in our area have the same opportunities that are available in other parts of Fife.”

Cllr Brett added: “I know the council has been working hard on this issue and the response from local companies to our calls to boost the number of apprentices in north east Fife has been positive.

“We all want to see young people have the chance to get on in life.

“There is no question that apprenticeships can make a huge difference to young people entering the workforce for the first time or older workers looking to retrain.”