We aim to ensure skills planning, investment and delivery become increasingly demand-led, informed by relevant, timely intelligence and engaged employers, actively contributing to skills design and development.

I want the experience, fun and satisfaction of working full time with young children. It’s what I’ve always wanted and it’s a natural career choice for someone from a large extended family. Studying at Blairtummock gives me more time with the children. We can get to know each other better and learn more from each other.”
Jodi Graham, Glasgow Kelvin College student

College Pilot

We are committed to progressing the early work already undertaken to help ensure that Scotland’s skills system delivers the best outcomes for the economy, supporting productivity and inclusive growth.

One project we are working on, in collaboration with the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board (GRCB) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), is the development and implementation of a Combined Curriculum Planning Model for the Glasgow College Region. 

The new regional curriculum plan will be a product of shared regional ambition and collaboration. It will support learners on their journeys through college and into employment. It will also help to build an inclusive and dynamic workforce that can power the Glasgow region's economic growth.

The main purpose of this project is for GCRB, SFC and SDS to work jointly on implementing the Skills Alignment Planning Model to identify opportunities for greater alignment, collaboration and joint leadership of skills planning and delivery across the Glasgow College Region.

 

This pilot will enhance the impact of labour market information and insight on the planning of a responsive regional curriculum across Glasgow, identifying more clearly skills gaps and developing efficient pathways to support more college learners to gain the skills and experiences required by employers enabling learners to prosper in a more inclusive workplace.

Neville Prentice, SDS Senior Director of Service Development & Delivery

The collaboration is already yielding benefits

This enhanced collaboration will deliver an improved fit between skills training and employment demand, with more people able to participate in inclusive economic growth and a stronger, more productive economy.    

The development of an Early Years Training Hub has allowed college and SDS staff to jointly review and collaborate on the expansion of training to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to nearly double the entitlement to funded early learning and childcare. 

A key focus of this collaboration is on increasing work-based learning pathways.  For example, at Blairtummock in Easterhouse, a new outdoor learning centre was established providing a joint nursery and teaching facility for 70 local children and 85 college students.

Jodi Graham, from Blackhill, a student from Glasgow Kelvin College is keen to start work in a nursery as soon as she finishes her course.

She said: “I want the experience, fun and satisfaction of working full time with young children. It’s what I’ve always wanted and it’s a natural career choice for someone from a large extended family. 

"I’m the oldest child and I’ve always enjoyed playing with my younger siblings and cousins and seeing them grow and learn.  Studying at Blairtummock gives me more time with the children. We can get to know each other better and learn more from each other.”

 

"Our ambition is to build Scotland’s most inclusive, responsive and effective regional college system and this exciting initiative has the potential to contribute significantly to the achievement of this aim."

Robin Ashton, GCRB Executive Director

What's next? 

Learning from the pilot can be used to inform and influence national developments related to improving the alignment of skills training to employment demand.

Skills training funded by GCRB and SDS in Glasgow will be more collaborative, coordinated, complementary and focussed on achieving common aims and outcomes.   

A high level Glasgow Region Skills Training Plan for 2020-25 will be produced, which sets out skills training development aims to better employment needs. This will be based on an evaluation of the alignment of the joint GCRB/SDS funded skills training supply in relation to current and future employment demands. 

Also, a Regional Outcome Agreement and SDS Commissioning Activity for 2020-21 informed by, and responding to, the Glasgow Region Skills Training Plan will be created. 

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