Apprentices Scotland currently has a target of delivering 25,000 modern apprenticeships a year
Scotland's modern apprenticeship programme will expand to provide work for 30,000 young people a year by 2020, the first minister has announced.
Alex Salmond told the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) in Dundee that "significant progress" was being made in fighting youth unemployment.
The annual target for new modern apprenticeships is currently 25,000.
Mr Salmond also announced a £4m three-year funding deal for lifelong learning programmes for union members.
He said the expansion of the modern apprentices scheme was a mark of how successful it had been so far.