pdf Developing a Four Nations College Blueprint for a post Brexit economy (3.48 MB) , launched today (Tuesday, 22 January 2019) with a view to capitalising on the rich diversity of policy and practice in each of the four nations and helping us better define our future role. It sets out the central role colleges must play in meeting the future economic and labour market challenges facing governments, employers and citizens across the UK in raising the skills of the whole working age population. View our Media Release pdf Comment on the Four Nations Blueprint - 22 January 2019 (97 KB) . For further information visit the AoC website.
Draft Budget 2019/20 on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 and Colleges Scotland issued a media statement. The Education and Skills section starts on p105 of the Budget document. The key headlines for the sector are:
- The Scottish Government has increased current levels of revenue funding for the college sector by 3.1% in cash terms (1.3% in real terms), with the Draft Budget for 2019/20 confirmed as £606.5m. This represents an additional £18.3m against the Draft Budget for 2017/18. However, the full £18.3m is for funding National Bargaining. The revenue funding has not been adjusted for inflation, therefore this equates to a real terms reduction in funding to cover day-to-day operational costs.
- The Scottish Government has reduced current levels of capital funding for the college sector with the Draft Budget for 2019/20 confirmed as £47.6m. This represents a reduction of £29.1m against the draft budget for 2018/19. It should be noted that £22m of this capital funding is for the Forth Valley College campus build. Therefore, there is a capital budget of £25.6m available for backlog maintenance and lifecycle costs.