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New principles for Scottish Apprenticeships have been created following work with industry and employers - recognising the need for apprenticeships to be ready for the future in a changing world of work.

The new principles set out expectations for apprenticeships from ‘design through to delivery’. Their development is part of Skills Development Scotland’s on-going work with industry and key stakeholders on apprenticeship standards and frameworks in Scotland.

The development is being driven by the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) Standards and Framework Group (SFG), which is the industry voice for apprenticeships.

Colette Filippi, Head of Standards and Frameworks at Skills Development Scotland said:

“SAAB SFG members believe that apprenticeships – in providing industry-wide transferable skills - are vital components of the Scottish economic and skills landscape.

“It is therefore important that we have a well-defined apprenticeship system, from the design through to delivery, which is what the new principles provide.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part and supported the consultation and engagement.”

SAAB’s Standards and Frameworks Group led extensive work and consultation, supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to develop the new set of principles. This included a wider public consultation exercise, involving employers and their representative organisations, individuals, trade unions, training providers, and universities and colleges.

The aims in developing the principles are to:

  • ensure high quality in delivery of apprenticeships
  • provide clarity on what apprenticeships are and what differentiates them from qualifications and other methods of training and learning
  • ensure that Scottish apprenticeships are recognised as robust, industry-led and quality assured work-based learning programmes which provide transferable skills across the UK and internationally

The 14 principles are backed by the Scottish Government and Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.

The principles have been based on a review of existing elements along with best practice examples from high-performing international models.

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