On 23 May Edinburgh played host to a unique gathering of college leaders and education policy makers from across the Four Nations of the UK.

Sponsored by College Development Network (CDN) and Colleges Scotland, the two-day Four Nations Leadership Forum explored the twin challenges of a post-Brexit labour market and the ever-increasing impact of automation on the future skills needs of individuals and the wider economy.

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of CDN said:

“We are pleased to be delivering this important meeting of UK college leaders along with our partners Colleges Scotland. CDN supports innovative leadership in the college sector and this event is vital in helping to extend and network that leadership.”

Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland, said:

“The Four Nations forum – which is being co-hosted by Colleges Scotland and our partners College Development Network – provides an ideal opportunity for colleges to co-ordinate their approach to the implications of Brexit and to discuss how the sector can successfully provide students with the right skills to meet the challenges associated with the impact of technology.”

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said:

“I fully support the collaborative working of this forum, as the college sector looks to meet the challenges which Brexit will pose.

“Bringing together college leaders from the four nations presents a fantastic opportunity to foster collaboration, share best practice, and share what makes our respective college sectors thrive.”


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