Informed Scotland May 2015 – Apprenticeships… & anniversaries!

With Scottish Apprenticeship Week taking place during May it isn’t surprising that one of the hot topics last month was apprenticeships. The particularly high level of activity in construction was more unusual, however it highlights some examples of how a sector can act to tackle its skills shortages.

Look out for an interesting report from UKCES on skills in the health and social care sector, draft Career Education and Work Placement Standards documents from Education Scotland, and the launch of new national Adult Achievement Awards by Newbattle Abbey College.

There is also an Annex this month listing members of the new Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum.

This issue marks Informed Scotland’s third birthday – how time flies…! One encouraging statistic to note: when the first issue was published in May 2012, youth unemployment in Scotland was 23.1% – it’s now 13.8%.

When it comes to birthdays we can’t compete with the General Teaching Council for Scotland – it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary this month – many congratulations!

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