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Broadening horizons; More people from diverse backgrounds are going into further and higher education.

WHETHER you are a school-leaver, a mature student or looking to gain new skills through training, Scotland has learning opportunities to suit all needs.

And an increasing number of Scots are making the most of the choices available to further their education.

Those studying at Scottish higher education institutions increased by three per cent in 2016-17, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The number of Scots starting a full-time first degree course has also risen by 12 per cent over the last decade.

Further good news was revealed earlier this year in figures published by the Scottish Funding Council that showed Scotland is also embracing diversity when it comes to further education.

More learning hours were delivered to older students, those with a disability, people from the most deprived areas and those from a black and minority ethnic background. And college students with a background in care hit a record high.

This year, there's also a real commitment to those who want on-the-job learning.

Funding will be made available through the Scottish budget to create almost 900 Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities, while 28,000 new Modern Apprenticeship starts are expected to be delivered throughout 2018.

A Modern Apprenticeship is a way for young people to work towards an industry-recognised qualification, while earning a wage and gaining hands-on work experience.

Skills Development Scotland chief executive Damien Yeates said: "Scotland has great ambitions to increase productivity and generate inclusive growth, all against the backdrop of an ageing population, rapid technological change and real pressure on public spending.

"This means finding new and innovative ways, such as Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships, to match the skills people develop with the ones employers need.

Apprenticeships are a vital piece of the jigsaw to improve Scotland's productivity, which will benefit individuals, employers and the wider economy."

Scotland is a good place to be for those seeking to increase their knowledge, gain qualifications and add to their skill-set. From agriculture to robotics, and marketing to hospitality, there is something to suit all interests, from entry level courses right through to degrees, at further education institutions around the country.

Read on to find out about the opportunities available for students looking to enroll now.

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