Microsoft has outlined plans to take on 2,016 new apprentices in Scotland by the year 2016.

The IT giant will effectively be doubling its intake of Modern Apprentices over the next three years.

Microsoft UK managing director Michael van Der Bel announced the recruitment drive during a meeting with First Minister Alex Salmond.

Mr van Der Bel said: ‘The digital technologies industry employs over 100,000 people in Scotland and is expanding fast.’

He continued: ‘These are real jobs for young people in a vibrant, growing and exciting industry, which will help bring economic and employment opportunities.’

Recent research has shown that more than 90% of Modern Apprentices were still in employment six months after completing their training.

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