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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15732: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that foundation apprenticeships are offered by every school by 2020.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 April 2018

This Government is making significant progress on expanding the reach and number of opportunities within our Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) programme.

Despite the relatively recent introduction o f FAs in 2016, in a short period of time we have rapidly grown the number of opportunities from a standing start, to deliver an increase of over 600% in the numbers between 2016 and 2018.

The Scottish Government is committed to ambitious targets of 5000 FAs in 2019, and the further embedding of FAs in the curriculum of schools across the country. FAs are already available in schools in each of the 32 local authority areas.