A Clyde shipyard which was saved from closure two years ago is set to take on 150 new apprentices.
The jobs boost from Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited marks the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016.
The announcement was made by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work and the 150 new apprentices will form part of the overall growth strategy of the Inverclyde-based company which is renowned for its shipbuilding and for delivering engineering services across a range of industry sectors.
Ms Cunningham said: “Employing modern apprentices is helping to create a dynamic and experienced workforce to help Scotland’s industries thrive.
“This announcement of 150 new apprentices at the Fergusons shipyard on the Clyde is great news not only for Ferguson Marine, and the young people that will benefit, but also for Scotland as a whole.
“The announcement kicks off a week-long of events and engagements that will showcase the positive impact apprenticeships have on businesses and industry, and the value they bring to employers and to their job prospects.
“Modern Apprentices are key to delivering economic development and essential in providing our young people with opportunities to develop skills and gain employment.
“Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016, February 29 to March 4, is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the value that apprenticeships could bring to employers, and help support young people into sustainable and rewarding careers.
“Since this Government came into office in 2007 more than 190,000 MA starts have been delivered and this Government is committed to supporting young people towards jobs and apprenticeships, with an aim to have 30,000 new opportunities each year by 2020.
Ferguson Marine managing director, Liam Campbell, said: “Apprenticeships are extremely important to us and our business, forming the backbone of our future growth. We aim to promote an environment that encourages all individuals to develop a firm ‘can do’ attitude.’’
‘‘We encourage growth of all employees through innovation and learning.’’