Scottish employers offered grants for apprentices

Employers in the land-based industries in Scotland have the opportunity to receive £1,000 to encourage them to invest in a new apprentice.

A £4m scheme that is available for up to 4,000 employers has been announced by the Scottish cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning Michael Russell.

It is the latest strand in the Scottish government's Invest in an Apprentice campaign.

Russell said: "In order to ensure that our economy continues to be competitive in a global market, we need to invest now in people who can develop the skills we will need in the future."

Lantra, the sector skills council for environmental and land-based industries, is urging landscaping businesses to apply.

Premier One (Land Services) managing director and chair of Lantra's council in Scotland John Gillan said: "I would encourage employers in the land-based industries to take up this offer of funding and employ an apprentice."

The scheme will cover all sectors as well as apprentices of all ages. Applications can be made until 26 March.

To apply or for information, call 0808 100 8095 or visit

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