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We can build technical skills into the curriculum

Construction careers are undersold to young people, but the perception of a last-resort route into employment is wildly at odds with the reality of such a dynamic industry, says this sector advocate

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The debate stills rumbles on in the corridors of Holyrood and in every school in Scotland: should education be technical and skills-based, or academic and knowledge-based?

It can and should be both – and Scotland’s teachers are proving it. Take a much-misunderstood sector, construction: the general perception of it in schools is that of a low-achievement career destination, even a last resort for students whose attainment levels are low. This is totally at odds with real life. The consequences have been dire for the supply of skills into what is a truly dynamic, creative digital sector, ...

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