The importance of apprenticeships and work-based learning will be the topic of discussion at a private Centre for Work-based Learning event taking place at the University of Strathclyde this week. Dr Anthony Mann, Head of Vocational Education & Training (VET) and Adult Learning, Directorate for Education and Skills at the intergovernmental economic group, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), will lead the discussion. It is the first in a series of three PRAXIS events organised by the Centre for Work-based Learning, (CWBL) taking place throughout 2018.
The event will bring together senior colleagues across Scottish public-sector agencies, academia and the private sector. Dr. Mann, who is based in Paris, will draw on his extensive research in the field of VET and work-based learning. He will look at the increasing aspirations and the attractiveness of vocational education and training such as apprenticeships, as well as designing programmes to make them attractive to individuals and employers. There will also be a focus on the people who take part in work-based learning and apprenticeships, as well as the barriers they face and what the future holds for apprenticeships.
Prior to joining the OECD, Dr Mann was director of research and policy at charity Education and Employers.
He has also had much of his work published, including the first UK quantitative analyses (with economist Chris Percy) of adult wage premiums linked to teenage participation in school-mediated employer engagement. The CWBL is a key player in stimulating debate on current and emerging work-based learning issues in Scotland. The event will take place on Friday 8th June and a video will be available following the session sharing the highlights.
David Coyne, Director of the Centre for Work-based Learning said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Dr Anthony Mann to Scotland later this week and enjoying a stimulating debate about the future of work-based learning. Work-based learning is making a vital contribution to the skills available in Scotland and this event will highlight some of the key themes and opportunities as we look to future proof our nation’s workforce.”