The Scottish Government is in the process of reforming the full range of Government-funded post-16 education in Scotland, including higher education, further education and skills. It also extends to community learning amd development which is delivered by local authorities and the Third Sector. Statutory instruments will be implemented, where appropriate, in such areas as widening participation, improving access, retention and progression, increasing apprenticeship starts, modernising careers advice, minimising bureaucracy, reviewing funding models, expanding opportunities for practical experience in post-16 education, reorganising the college sector and making greater use of new technologies.
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This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:
- Governments, social partners and VET providers should make the necessary arrangements to: A. maximise work-based learning, including apprenticeships, in order to contribute to increasing the number of apprentices in Europe by 2012;
- In order to maximise the contribution of VET to the "ET2020" 15% benchmark on the participation of adults in lifelong learning, review the use of incentives, rights and obligations for all stakeholders involved, and take appropriate action to encourage participation in C-VET;
- Take preventive and remedial measures to maximise the contribution of VET in combating early leaving from education;
- Consider specific measures aimed at raising the participation of low-skilled and other “at risk” groups in education and training, including by developing flexible pathways in C-VET and using appropriate guidance and support services;
- Use ICT to maximise access to training and to promote active learning, as well as to develop new methods in both work- and school-based VET, in order to facilitate the participation of “ at risk” groups.