Informed Scotland November 2016 – Calls to action, campaigns & consultations



The phrase of the month was ‘call to action’, with campaigns and action plans right across the landscape.

The main publication was the Scottish Government’s consultation on a draft Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) Strategy for Education and Training. The main proposed actions are included in an annex as a handy reference for our subscribers.

Other key publications to inform and challenge are SDS’s updated Financial Sector Skills Investment Plan, an action plan on Tackling the Gender Technology Gap by the Digital Technology Skills Group, Scottish Government’s proposals to speed up and grow teacher recruitment, and Colleges Scotland’s ‘Think Piece’ on the place of colleges in the Learning & Skills Journey.

As always, there were plenty of innovative developments to look out for:

A new Sales & Marketing Academy was launched by Klozers, Genoa Black and fatBuzz to reduce graduate unemployment/underemployment, supported by RBS in Glasgow. A new Construction & Technology Centre for school pupils was opened in Musselburgh by East Lothian Council and Edinburgh College, supported by Scottish Futures Trust and firms including Morrison Construction and Hart Builders. And a new Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures is to be created at University of Strathclyde, in partnership with CELCIS and Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice.

More positive feedback from subscribers made us smile last month: John Butcher, Executive Director Education & Youth Employment, North Ayrshire Council said, ‘The overview is succinct, clear and very useful’, and Mary De la Peña, Chief Executive, CU Scotland commented, ‘allows us to keep up to date with the issues and developments that matter to us as a small educational charity; it saves us time and keeps us all informed’!

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