Colleges will be able to bid for a share of a £13.1m fund,
aimed at improving job prospects and skills for students in the
jobs market, announced yesterday by Skills Development Scotland
In an effort to improve people's life chances through
education, the Scottish Government is keen to overhaul the post-16
education sector in Scotland, as set out in the September 2011
consultation Putting Learners at the Centre.
Regionalisation is a key part of the Government's plans, and
would see Scotland's forty one further education colleges
regrouped into twelve regions (with West Lothian as a thirteenth
Colleges are set to share a much reduced overall budget and will
need to work closely with other stakeholders in their regions,
including local authorities and employers, to develop regional
plans. The announcement of SDS' new funding programme
adds another piece to the jigsaw puzzle, connecting skills, jobs
But the full picture is not clear yet. Details are set to
emerge next week of the bidding process. Many will be
watching closely to see how the programme will help colleges to
progress their regionalisation plans, and how a focus on skills
development could help with achieving sustainable economic
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