Companies in eleven rural areas will be eligible for additional support to help them employ Modern Apprentices. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed eligible areas for the Rural Supplement ahead of visiting I A & C Maciver in Stornoway, who employ two Modern Apprentices, on the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 focuses on the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the Scottish economy.
The local authority areas where training providers will be able to access the supplement are: Argyll and Bute; Highland; Moray; Orkney; Shetland; Western Isles; Isle of Arran (North Ayrshire); Dumfries and Galloway; Scottish Borders; Aberdeenshire; and Perth & Kinross.
The Rural Supplement was announced in December. It will be delivered as part of the block grant Skills Development Scotland receives from the Scottish Government, and they will be closely monitoring uptake.