On Wednesday 5th December, the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education, and Science, Richard Lochhead MSP, launched the Statement of Ambition for Scotland’s college sector at an event held at West Lothian College.

Created with input from Colleges Scotland – the collective voice of the college sector in Scotland – as well as colleges across the country, and other key partners, the Statement of Ambition sets out a vision, mission and series of values for the college sector for the five years 2018-2023. 

The vision of the college sector is to be “a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative sector delivering high-quality lifelong learning, widening access to education, and promoting social inclusion that enables people to thrive in life, in their communities, and in work,” while the values that underpin the sector’s goals are being “inspirational, inclusive, responsive, and excellent.”

Three main ambitions of the sector focus on developing people and partnerships; supporting a successful economy; and helping communities thrive, and it is hoped that achieving these ambitions will maximise colleges’ influence across Scotland.

“It’s a privilege to be part of the dynamic, collaborative, and innovate College sector that enables people to thrive in work and in the wider aspects of life of their communities,” says Iain Macmillan, Principal and Chief Executive of Lews Castle College UHI, of the announcement. “Lews Castle College UHI has a critical role in supporting individuals and business in these islands and we are currently updating our curriculum offer to ensure that we continue to meet the needs and aspirations of our students and local employers.”