Fife employers are being urged to consider taking on Modern Apprentices to support their business and provide opportunities for youth employment.
The call comes ahead of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from May 18 to 22.
The Skills Development Scotland (SDS) campaign, now in its fifth year, highlights the benefits apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals and the economy.
Gordon MacDougall, SDS head of region for North East Scotland, said: “Modern Apprenticeships bring benefits to employers of all sizes, from family firms to global companies.
“Last year there were 1927 Modern Apprenticeship starts in Fife and more than 25,000 apprenticeships across Scotland.
“Modern Apprenticeships help to retain young people and support the local economy by anchoring skills and jobs in Fife.
“Apprenticeships also provide opportunities for employers to ensure their workforce has the right skills to support growth and development.”
He continued: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the ideal time for local employers to think about taking on an apprentice.
“It is easier than a lot of employers might think and Skills Development Scotland staff are on-hand to talk to them about the different types of apprenticeships, as well as the funding available.
“There really is no time like the present for employers to think about the skills their business and their employees will need in the future.”
Last year more than 160 events and activities took place during Scottish Apprenticeship Week, covering the length and breadth of the country.
Businesses can find out more about Scottish Apprenticeship Week and support for hiring Modern Apprentices at www.ourskillsforce.co.uk