Developing skills for Scotland through regeneration


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Looks at the role of Further Education and Higher Education institutions in the 'Skills for Scotland' strategy, the activities of the Scottish Funding Council and challenges facing academic libraries. Presented by Dr Bill Harvey at the CILIPS Centenary Conference on 4 Jun 2008.

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Developing skills for Scotland through regeneration

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Dr Bill Harvey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deputy Director for Learning and Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul></ul>Developing skills for Scotland through regeneration CILIPS Conference 2008
  2. 2. Good advice for speakers…..
  3. 3. “ You have a captive audience…”
  4. 4. “… so please don’t speak for too long…”
  5. 5. “… and be cheerful.”
  6. 6. However….
  7. 7. FE and HE Context <ul><li>1992 SHEFC - Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>1999 SFEFC - Further Education </li></ul><ul><li>2005 single merged Council - SFC </li></ul><ul><li>SFC budget 2008-09 £1.6 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland’s biggest quango </li></ul><ul><li>19 HE institutions in Scotland, 43 colleges </li></ul>
  8. 8. SFC Corporate Plan - Vision <ul><li>A more dynamic, entrepreneurial and internationally competitive Scotland, whose people are amongst the most skilled and educated of any of our competitors, and whose colleges and universities are world-class contributors to economic, social and cultural development. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Educational Context <ul><li>Devolution </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Smart successful Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>50+% participation rate in HE </li></ul><ul><li>FE delivers ~30% of HE (HNC/D) </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish credit & qualifications framework </li></ul><ul><li>Small country, large neighbour </li></ul>
  10. 10. Skills for Scotland (2007) <ul><li>“Sustainable economic growth” </li></ul><ul><li>“Skills development contributes to economic development from which we believe other benefits flow such as social justice, stronger communities and more engaged citizens.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Skills strategy - context <ul><li>Not Leitch </li></ul><ul><li>No global shortage of HE graduates </li></ul><ul><li>% with HE qualns > % with school qualns </li></ul><ul><li>SSCs will not approve qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Key issues - skills utilisation and productivity </li></ul>
  12. 12. Productivity <ul><li>Organisational culture </li></ul><ul><li>Individual autonomy/decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Management and HR practices </li></ul><ul><li>Capital investment </li></ul><ul><li>Risk and enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce development </li></ul><ul><li>“Our firms should be ambitious and demanding users of skills” </li></ul>
  13. 13. FE/HE role in skills strategy <ul><li>Relevant, up to date programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Core and transferable skills </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to labour market needs </li></ul><ul><li>Articulation, recognition of prior learning, credit rating on SCQF, CPD </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge transfer to business </li></ul>
  14. 14. SFC activities on skills <ul><li>Institutional employability strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge transfer & employer engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Industry sector analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Supply and demand studies </li></ul><ul><li>Learner choice and learner engagement </li></ul><ul><li>‘On Track’ longitudinal surveys 2004 & 2007 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Challenges for the tertiary sector <ul><li>Resources, efficiency, effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Systems and content integration </li></ul><ul><li>Widening access </li></ul><ul><li>FE-HE transition </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous quality improvement </li></ul><ul><li>A culture of reflective practice </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible delivery to lifelong learners </li></ul>
  16. 16. A learner-centred approach? <ul><li>What do learners want? </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of needs </li></ul><ul><li>IT and knowledge literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Just in time, just for me </li></ul><ul><li>Remote, rural, overseas students </li></ul><ul><li>Employability skills </li></ul><ul><li>Creating autonomous learners </li></ul>
  17. 17. Challenges for Libraries <ul><li>What is a library? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is a library? </li></ul><ul><li>When is a library? </li></ul><ul><li>What do libraries contain? </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding in institutional L&T strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of user needs </li></ul>
  18. 18. What will the future be like? <ul><li>“ I think there is a world market for about five computers” </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas J Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943 </li></ul><ul><li>“ No matter what happens, the US Navy is not going to be caught napping” </li></ul><ul><li>Frank Knox, Secretary of the US Navy, Dec 4 1941 </li></ul><ul><li>“ They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist….” </li></ul><ul><li>Last words of Gen. John B Sedgwick, 1864 (US Civil War) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Future trends <ul><li>Accountability and responsiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Managerialism and academic culture </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics and new markets </li></ul><ul><li>Access and inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiation within the sector </li></ul><ul><li>Globalisation </li></ul>
  20. 20. Questions…..