Edinburgh College Principal and Chief Executive Audrey Cumberford has been commissioned by Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work to undertake a review of the economic impact of Scotland’s colleges.
Audrey will co-author the report with Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College.
The review aims to establish how colleges in Scotland currently impact the economy through helping improve businesses’ performance and productivity (e.g. through upskilling and reskilling), and will also consider their economic effect across a wider range of Scottish Government priorities. It will highlight examples of best practice in Scotland and will make recommendations on how to realise the potential for creating sustained business growth within college regions and beyond.
College Principal Audrey Cumberford said:
“This a fantastic opportunity to put colleges at the forefront of the future of Scotland’s economy; and to showcase the significant contribution that Further Education makes across the country. The college sector is critical when it comes to both skills utilisation and practical knowledge transfer. I am delighted to be working with Paul Little to highlight the important role colleges have in enabling businesses to become more innovative, agile and resilient.”