In my view apprentices are far better prepared for the workplace than students at college. The critical distinction is the experience of working with people day in and day out, both colleagues but more importantly customers. There is no way any college course can rival the opportunities for developing leadership, communication, initiative and teamwork that the workplace provides. These factors are much more important than an individual’s technical or academic capabilities when assessing their potential as an instructor. 

Mike Fawcett – Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre