Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 10

Veterans attending college

Colleges Scotland to work with their members to engage the veterans sector more closely in order to promote the benefits of, and opportunities to participate in, college education. Ultimately the outcome should be an increase in numbers from the veterans community taking up college places.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Colleges Scotland through the College Development Network, and other key stakeholders are meeting to develop a network of champions for further and higher education. Information on recommendation 16 (below) contains a fuller update on this but essentially, the college sector will be seeking to build upon good practice already underway in a number of universities and seek greater opportunities to increase the number of veterans across the college sector.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

The HE:FE Veterans & Armed Forces Champions Network was established in January 2019 by Glasgow Caledonian and Edinburgh Napier Universities. Since its creation, every University in Scotland and around 85% of FE Colleges have joined the network. This is up from 70% and 60% respectively last year. The majority of members have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant and appointed Veterans and Armed Forces Champions. The Network has established geographical hubs and produced a toolkit for use by the staff. It held a conference in February 2020 to review the way forward. Colleges continue to plan their course and curriculum provision in line with the economic needs of their regions. This includes taking into account the needs of the learners in their regions, including veterans.

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