But the committee had clear and consistent messages from those who gave evidence. Learning opportunities post-school face too many barriers: finance for learners is a nightmare of complexity, the funding of courses owes more to history (and geography) than to logic and the quality of information and guidance for would-be learners is variable.
The clutter that is lifelong learning is, however, easier to analyse than to clear away. There are minefields to be circumvented, as the responses from the enterprise and FE worlds demonstrate. The committee is therefore to be commended for taking the innovative step of holding a national convention to gauge reactions before issuing its final report in June.
The interim report is rightly concerned to streamline current arrangements. That means it concentrates on the "demand" side of the structures rather than the "supply" side of the customers. Yet it is in there that the real challenges may lie: while 83 per cent of Scots believe education and training are important, only 34 per cent think it is for them.
Systemic barriers undoubtedly exist, but those in the mind may be more resistant to change.