Borders College

Renewing a bold and innovative role for the Scottish college of the future 

What do we want and need from our colleges from 2030 onwards, and how do we get there? These were the simple, yet fundamental questions the Commission set out to answer when it began work in Spring 2019. 

The Commission’s vision for the college of the future that it will empower people throughout their lives with the skills they need to get on in life, support better productivity and innovation of businesses, and strengthen every community’s sense of place. 

As the Commission culminates, its UK-wide final report set out a rallying cry for radical and decisive action - enabling colleges to be part of a more joined-up, all-age education and skills system. Now, the Commission has published its nations-specific final report for Scotland. 

Currently, the post-16 education and skills system in Scotland is leading the way in driving a collaborative, connected and agile post-16 system. The report calls for this bold reform agenda to move further, faster, to meet the rapidly changing and complex skills needs of the future. 

The new report, The Scottish College of the Future, sets out recommendations, that if implemented by the Scottish Government, funding bodies and colleges, will empower the sector to deliver more strategically on skills and innovation support for new jobs, good jobs and green jobs. It would also transform the life chances for learners of all ages and levels. 

Get in touch with Commission Director, Lewis Cooper, to discuss more. 

About the Commission 

Launched in Spring 2019, the Independent Commission was commissioned by the Four Nations College Alliance – which brings together college leaders, their representative bodies and senior government officials from across the four nations of the UK. The Commissioner is made up of expertise from college leaders, employer 5 | P a g e 

groups, trade unions, student voice and academia. They have held roundtable and workshop events with a broad range of individuals and organisations across the UK. They are supported by an expert panel, who have been feeding in throughout the process. 

The Commission published its UK-wide report in October 2020. The Commission will be publishing nations-specific reports for Wales and Northern Ireland and Scotland in the coming months. 

Published: Mon 21st Dec, 2020