Since the Faculty began to offer skills training to devils and members in 1994, the programme,
particularly for devils has developed extensively and continues to evolve, and is now recognised
as one of the best in the world. Members of Faculty have regularly travelled to the United States,
Australia, South Africa, England and Ireland to take part in advocacy training events, while the
Faculty has welcomed leading advocacy instructors from those countries to Scotland.
Every member admitted to the Faculty since 1995 has undertaken some form of skills training,
with the majority having undertaken the programme described in the following pages. In addition
periodic skills workshops are arranged for practising members, so that the majority of the
practising Bar has now undertaken skills training. The Faculty's training programme is built on
the experience and commitment of practising members who have been trained as skills instructors,
both in Scotland and in other places. Over the life of the programme so far more than 80 members
have been trained as instructors, and they give freely of their time and experience to train
new generations of advocates.