June 2024

Education & Skills pre-budget scrutiny

Prosper submitted written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee on college and university funding and skills reforms. We highlighted:

  • The importance of skills to Scotland’s economy; and members’ concerns about workforce and skills supply and a lack of clarity on skills delivery reforms;
  • The unsustainability of the funding model for colleges and universities following the erosion of public funding and sharp decline in international students;
  • Concerns that research and innovation funding in Scotland is not keeping pace with funding in the rest of the UK;
  • The impact of the elimination of funding support for reskilling and upskilling on individuals, employers, and colleges;
  • The need to identify a route through which to examine the education and employment infrastructures Scotland needs and sustainable funding options, and promote Parliamentary consensus.

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