Published: 14/09/2017 06:00 - Updated: 08/09/2017 11:07

Ross councillor backs 'very welcome' Highland apprenticeship scheme

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The creation of a new Modern Apprenticeship Programme in The Highland Council, which will aspire to create 150 new apprenticeships within two years, was backed by the corporate resources committee.

 

Highland Council will access currently untapped training funds from its £1.15m annual contribution to the Modern Apprenticeship Levy, for developing new apprentices and the upskilling or retraining of existing employees.

Committee chairman, Councillor Alister Mackinnon said: “The new Modern Apprenticeship Programme is a very welcome approach to addressing the current mass out-migration of our young people from the Highlands.

"By targeting and supporting our young people with training and employment in partnership with local businesses we hope to improve their long term employability and to retain those who wish to live and work in the region.”

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