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Ministers accused of ‘watering down’ new skills route

Government denies lowering target for foundation apprenticeships, claiming it is ‘committed’ to scheme

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Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are seen as one of the key ways to open up vocational opportunities for those still in school. They also link colleges and schools in a way few schemes have done before.

However, their introduction has not been without its challenges, with college leaders, for example, highlighting concerns over funding for the scheme, which typically lasts two years and is taken up by young people in S5.

Also, the marketing of FAs to parents and young people has proved a challenge, college principals told Tes Scotland last year.

FA learners remain enrolled in school, but ...

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