Strathclyde partners in new Centre for Work-based Learning

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The University of Strathclyde has been announced as a partner in the newly-launched Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland.

The Centre aims to establish the value of work-based learning in the education and training system as well as championing the contribution it can make to increasing productivity and supporting inclusive economic growth. It will also promote work-based learning, influence policy development and develop best practice.

The Centre is a partnership between Strathclyde, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Robert Gordon University and Heriot-Watt University.

Research indicates that investing in work-based learning in Scotland could contribute to a £3.4billion boost to the economy.

Strathclyde Principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald is the Chair of the Centre’s Advisory Board. He said: “The Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland will drive cultural change and create demand for new approaches to learning.

“Work-based learning is important to help our businesses succeed, to bridge the gap between education and industry, and to prepare our young people for work.

“The Centre’s strategic goal is to influence policy and practice, and to enhance awareness of work-based learning methods and to encourage industry to engage in innovative training and development of skilled workers. Its work will be built on a wide ranging and robust evidence base; it also reflects our mission at Strathclyde of close partnerships with business, industry and the public sector.”

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of SDS said: “The Centre will help to bring about a quiet revolution in the way skills are developed through a work-based learning system that delivers for the people and businesses of Scotland.

Widening access

“Work-based learning widens access to higher education, increases adult participation and develops the capabilities and skills sets of organisations and individuals.

“The continued development of Graduate Level Apprenticeships will be a vital to the work of the Centre. They open up another option for professionals to access high-quality education and develop skills relevant for them and for business without pausing their careers.”

Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, said: “I am delighted to open the new Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland to promote in-work education and help refine best practice in the area.         

“We want to ensure maximum value is gained by both apprentices and employers from all apprentice programmes. This new facility will make sure we build on the good work we are already doing, by further developing good practice and new approaches to learning, and ensuring these are widely disseminated and integrated.”

The Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland will be distributed across the partners with a hub located within Strathclyde’s International Public Policy Institute.  

Find out more about the Centre.