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The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board has launched its consultation on Defining an Apprenticeship, and is seeking views to inform their work.

Led by employers and representatives from industry bodies across a range of sectors, the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) was established with the ambition to strengthen employer input into the strategic direction of apprenticeships, ensuring they are aligned with industry and economic need, Fair Work and job opportunities.

To support its efforts, it is seeking to bring clarity by providing an agreed comprehensive definition of an apprenticeship.

The SAAB has today (20 November) published its consultation which sets out the key principles they view as critical to apprenticeships in Scotland, and the feedback they receive will be used to inform their policy recommendations to Scottish Government.

Employers, training providers and members of the public have the opportunity to offer feedback.

John F McClelland, Chair of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board, said: “Apprenticeships ensure that individuals get the opportunity to gain invaluable experience while businesses build the talent and productivity they need to thrive.

“With the apprenticeship offer here in Scotland continuing to grow, the full family of apprenticeships – Foundation, Modern and Graduate Level – are enabling greater flexibility and choice than ever before. Our consultation sets out the key principles we view as critical to the integrity of these apprenticeships and the development of a system that works for employers and apprentices.

“We now need as much feedback as possible to ensure we reach a collective view on what an apprenticeship is and that it meets future need.”

The consultation period will close on 20 December. A period of assessment will follow, after which a final statement will be published early next year.

Complete the consultation online here

For further details please read our supporting information.

You can also view and print a copy of our consultation questions.

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