Problematising “education” and “training” in the Scottish sport and fitness, play and outdoor sectors

M. Foley, M. Frew, D. McGillivray, A. McIntosh, G. McPherson

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Sets out the issues peculiar to the Scottish workforce in sport and fitness, play and the outdoor sectors. Provides an exploration of the development of vocational education in the form of sector skills training for these sectors in opposition to that formal education provided at further and higher education level. Draws on empirical research gathered as part of a report produced on each of the above sectors and written by the above authors. The report was supported by the Scottish Skills Fund in a grant to SPRITO, the national training organisation for these sectors. Although labour market intelligence suggests there are various skills shortages in these sectors and a lack of qualified personnel, the tension between the role of formal education and vocational work‐based learning qualifications is palpable. Solutions to apparent incommensurability of the two positions are offered, designed to ensure that these sectors achieve competitive advantage from a workforce that is both competent and reflective in their work practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-245
Number of pages10
JournalEducation + Training
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004


  • leisure activities
  • sports
  • vocational training
  • competences
  • Scotland


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