Mr Sarwar said the party’s plans to regrow the economy include 5,000 apprenticeship places and a sharing scheme so that businesses in key sectors like construction or agriculture take on an apprentice together. The plans would also tackle low pay by ensuring that all apprentices receive a higher wage than the £4.30 an hour that many currently receive, regardless of age.
The proposals would involve more than doubling the hourly rate of a 23-year-old apprentice.
Mr Sarwar has said that creating new work opportunities for the young people of Scotland would form part of his vision of a Jobs Recovery Plan, which is due to be unveiled this week.
He said: “Creating new work opportunities for the young people of Scotland is central to our Jobs Recovery Plan.
“Scotland’s young people are worried about their futures as a result of the pandemic and the economic downturn that will take years to recover from. The partial re-opening of the economy today is a step in the right direction, but we need to take urgent action to kickstart our economy.”
He added: “Scottish Labour’s Jobs Recovery Plan seeks to stimulate our economy and place fairness and opportunity at its heart. By creating 5,000 properly paid apprenticeship places, we can deliver a brighter future for thousands of young Scots if we keep the focus on recovery and don’t return to the old political arguments.”