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"Working in partnership with others is the only way to break the cycle. It's joint development but joint risk-taking as well," Mrs McTavish said.
From April Mrs McTavish will chair Community Learning Scotland, the successor to the Scottish Community Education Council, and believes that complementary relationships must be established between further education and community learning.
"There is a lot of formal learning that starts out as informal, and I believe there is a good deal we can do together to give the taxpayer value for money."