Debate on Vocational Education & Training and Work-based Learning
While most industries have real concerns around skills shortages in the workplace, there are also a lack of opportunities for young people who have not yet had the chance to build up experience. This paradox means that apprenticeships, and all forms of work-based learning, have a vital role to play to address skills and opportunities gaps both now and in the future.
The Centre for Work-based Learning is a key player in stimulating debate on current and emerging skills issues in Scotland. To examine the contribution of education and apprenticeships to influencing change in training and skills, we are holding a series of PRAXIS events which bring together senior colleagues from across Scottish public sector agencies, academia and the private sector.
We recently held our third event to give delegates the opportunity to hear from Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling. Professor Bell presented on Demography and Disruption, examining how changes in industrial structure, the nature of employment and the composition of the workforce will impact on the skills required in the future.