Skills Minister Keith Brown, said: "We are committed to supporting young people into work which is why we invested more than £200 million in Skills Development Scotland last year we delivered more than 20,000 modern apprenticeships.
"Our scheme to adopt redundant apprentices is a further safeguard against the effects of the downturn and recession and I am delighted that it has kept 600 apprentices in training and work.
"The apprenticeship programme continues to play a key role in ensuring that we have the skills and capacity required to support and grow the Scottish economy now and in the future. Many individuals and businesses are still feeling the impacts of the recession and I'm delighted that Adopt an Apprentice will continue to support apprentices through to March 2011."
Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland, added:"The Adopt an Apprentice initiative gives people who have experienced redundancy in the current economic climate a second chance to complete their training. SDS has been working with employers across the country on this initiative to ensure that, together, we can offer as many workers as possible the vital opportunity to become time-served in their particular trade. It's an important part of our drive to promote a competitive, skilled workforce in Scotland."
This article was first published on hrmagazine.co.uk