SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will increase the number of apprenticeships from 25,000 to 30,000 a year by 2020 if the SNP is re-elected on 05 May. Those additional 5,000 places will be in "high-level science, technology and engineering courses that deliver the skills employers need and the high-wage jobs our young people deserve."
Ms Sturgeon said:
"Giving our young people the skills they need to be at the cutting edge of our economy is vital for their future and the future of our economy. That means learning from our traditional industries, expanding support for science, maths, engineering and vocational training, building greater connections between industry, schools and colleges, and ensuring our young people are able to take advantage of the huge opportunities ahead of them."