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University or apprenticeship: both have an important part to play in the future of our young people (Letters, 14 March).

In our family one grandchild is completing a five-year chemical engineering course at ­Edinburgh University and the other has just completed a three-year plumbing apprenticeship at 
Inverness College.

Both are highly regarded by their parents and grandparents.

The university student will work in Glasgow in September and the plumbing apprentice is working with a time-served 
senior plumber at an oil 
terminal in Shetland.

These two diverse career paths are both equally as important if our country is to compete for work in a highly competitive world.

Margaret Robertson

Hunter Crescent