A record number of early years apprenticeships are expected to start this year as part of the expansion of free nursery and childcare.
The Scottish Government is almost doubling funded childcare from 600 to 1,140 hours by 2020, backed by £243 million in the 2018-19 draft budget alone.
The number of early learning and childcare Modern Apprenticeships has already increased by 22% over the past five years. That figure is set to rise even further following a £1,000 increase in the contribution offered to employers.
In addition, the number of Foundation Apprenticeships are expected to more than double to more than 700.
The number of Modern Apprenticeships in early learning and childcare (ELC) increased in uptake by 22.7% from 1,141 in 2012/13 to 1,400 in 2016/17. The Scottish Government is increasing the number of Modern Apprenticeships in the ELC sector by 10% year on year up to 2020.
There are in the region of 700 expected starts on the Foundation Apprenticeship (Children and Young People) framework in 2018-2020 which is double the 346 starts total across all frameworks for 2016-2018.
The Scottish Government has allocated £243 million for the expansion of early learning and childcare in the 2018-19 draft budget. This includes £54.3 million to expand and upskill the early learning and childcare workforce.