Almost a thousand more youngsters will have the chance to forge a career in the food trade north of the border thanks to an injection of cash from the Scots government.

Additional funding worth £2m will be used to place 972 apprentices in the food and drink sector over the next year.

Employers are required only to pay normal wages for apprentices and can apply to skills council Improve Scotland for the cash to fund their training.

“Earlier this year we reached the milestone of having 1,000 apprentices employed in the Scottish food and drink industry for the first time,” said Improve Scotland development director Kelvin Thomson. “This funding settlement will double that number in the space of 12 months.”

Thomson (pictured) added: “This is recognition that the industry is thriving, jobs are available and employers are eager to both take on new recruits and train up existing employees to further increase productivity and performance.”

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