Commenting on The Cumberford-Little Report, One Tertiary System: agile, connected, inclusive written by further education specialists, Audrey Cumberford and Paul Little, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:
“On behalf of the Scottish Chamber network, I congratulate the immense effort that Audrey and Paul have made to identify how we can overcome some of the key skills development challenges employers face.
“Colleges are essential assets of Scotland’s economy and critical to the development and execution of the national skills agenda, not to mention core to local communities. The report shows how Scottish colleges can use to their advantage an international footprint that also welcomes students from across the globe. We believe this can be dovetailed with SCC Network’s plans to grow our exports and enhance Scotland’s reputation as an ambitious trading nation in markets around the world.
“Globalisation and the pace of change in technology has created a business environment that requires an agile education and skills policy. This report offers a key plank in the role colleges can play in a practical and business-friendly way.
“We put our full support behind the report’s ambition for the college sector and the urgency with which it aims to ensure the skills of our people are ready to be put to work for the benefit of Scotland’s economy.”