The number of apprenticeship starts by 16 to 24 year-olds in Scotland has fallen by over 5,800 – a drop of 28% – since 2015/16, according to new analysis from the CIPD.

The professional body for HR and people development’s new report explores skills policy, with a particular focus on UK apprenticeship systems and their outcomes.

The research further highlights that recent reforms have failed to reverse the decline in employer training more widely:

  • Investment in training per employee in Scotland has declined by 20% since 2011.
  • 64% of Scottish employers provided some sort of training in the last 12 months – a drop from 73% in 2011.

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