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More apprentices for Scotland

The deputy leader of the Scottish National Party has said Scotland needs around 7,000 new construction recruits every year until 2011, if its new homes target is to be achieved.

Nicola Sturgeon set a target of 35,000 new homes every year by the middle of the next decade but said that the industry must do more to attract apprentices.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The total is consistently in excess of 4000. If we are to increase this to meet the requirements for 35,000 new-build homes then we must ensure the employment opportunities created are sustainable, and afford a quality four-year apprenticeship.

“I hope the Scottish Government is ready to expand the funding for comprehensive apprenticeship training, including adults, through the new Skills Agency.”