We should be proud of Scotland’s apprentices
In recent times it has been encouraging to see the opportunities offered to Scotland’s young people receiving a great deal of attention.
Scotland has a lot to be proud of in this respect, but we must also be aware that the world doesn’t stand still.
If we are to equip future generations with the right skills and build a diverse, competitive economy, we need to offer young people more options for learning.
Work-based learning is increasingly recognised as a route into a rewarding career for young people and as a means to nurture talent by employers.
A lot of the old distinctions between “vocational” and “academic” learning are also becoming less relevant as people recognise the two are complementary rather than separate. Being a Modern Apprentice means getting a job and getting paid while gaining an industry-recognised qualification.
There are more than 25,000 new apprenticeship opportunities in Scotland each year in a far wider range of careers than people may realise.
They range from engineering and construction to ICT and digital, life sciences, food and drink, tourism and retail. These are not ends in themselves – they can offer further opportunities in terms of higher education and career progression.
For the businesses operating in these sectors, it offers the chance to recruit talented, enthusiastic people who are desperate to learn, shaping their future careers so that they quickly become key members of staff, adding value to the work of their employers.
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