Response to Post School Education and Skills Reform Statement

Earlier today in a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Minister for Higher Education and Further Education Graeme Dey set out next steps in reform of post-school funding arrangements and a range of other reforms which will be progressed, noting that “we must reduce complexities to make sure more of our investment directly supports learners.”

You can read a news release on the announcement at the Scottish Government website.

Shona Struthers, CEO of Colleges Scotland said: “Today’s announcement is positive news for Scotland’s learners, communities and employers. The Minister recognised the need for a more instrumental role for colleges in delivering apprenticeships, and for colleges to be empowered in a revitalised regional skills planning framework.

“He also announced his intentions for less complex funding arrangements and a clearer national careers offer. Colleges already deliver a huge amount of partnership work in their regions with employers, and the Minister today outlined more opportunities for this in the future, which I welcome.

“It’s clear the Minister has listened closely to students, college leaders, employers and other stakeholders over the past few months and I’m pleased he stressed collaboration in achieving change and reform. College leaders will work closely with the Scottish Government to help to achieve a more sustainable college sector to give students a world-class experience with the right level of support in place, help invigorate communities, and provide more opportunities.

“It’s time for colleges to realise their full potential - for colleges to thrive there has to be change and I’m pleased that reform is coming. Colleges Scotland will continue to advocate for fair investment and for opportunities to build on the outstanding results colleges already deliver - when colleges thrive, Scotland thrives.”


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