Why more people are earning while they are learning

By David Coyne, director of Centre for Work-based Learning

More Scots than ever before are realising the benefits of apprenticeships and earning while they are learning to improve their career options.

The Centre for Work Based Learning is committed to spreading the word about the value of training while in employment, so findings of a recent survey by Bank of Scotland on changing views towards apprenticeships made for particularly interesting reading.

Partly due to the financial pressures of a university education, its survey revealed that a growing number of people are considering the wide range of options available when it comes to training.

An increasing number of Scots – around a third of respondents - now believe apprenticeships offer the best career prospects. Many say they could turn their backs on traditional forms of higher education in favour of apprenticeships and on-the-job training.

As well as helping individuals progress their career and develop new and relevant skills, work-based learning is good for businesses of all sizes who want to bridge the gap between education and industry and prepare our young people for work. 

We are committed to working with education and industry, to identify and evidence good practice and design and develop new approaches in work-based learning.

Skills Development Scotland and our partners in Scotland’s Universities provide a range of support for employers and young people who want to explore the options for training beyond more traditional higher education routes.

We believe the research from Bank of Scotland shows that our messages on the benefits of work-based learning are being picked-up and we hope the number of people signing up for apprenticeships will continue to grow.

Keep up to date with Centre for Work-based Learning’s Twitter channel on Tuesday 6th November for live updates from our annual Symposium event. Follow @CWBLScotland #AHumanFuture, and for regular news updates also check out our LinkedIn page

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