More Scots than ever before are realising the benefits of apprenticeships and earning while they are learning to improve their career options. The Centre is committed to spreading the word about the value of training while in employment, so the findings of a recent survey by Bank of Scotland on changing views towards apprenticeships, and the well-argued points made by Gill Stewart from the SQA in The Herald this week about the same subject (but from a different angle), are both interesting and welcome reading.

Partly due to the financial pressures of a university education, the BoS survey revealed that a third of respondents said they would turn their backs on traditional forms of higher education in favour of apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Meanwhile, Gill argued that employers need to do more and step up to the mark to make sure they are able to accommodate this increased demand for apprenticeships, stating the case that work based learning benefits businesses as much as it does staff, and in turn can have a real and positive impact on the wider economy.  

We at the Centre welcome any debate and discussion around this important area, so please get involved in the conversation. We would love to hear your views, whether supportive or otherwise.

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