Glasgow Colleges launch new Regional Strategy

Glasgow Regional Foundation Apprentices

Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board (GCRB) has launched an ambitious first regional strategy for college education, pledging to build Scotland’s most inclusive, responsive and effective regional college system.

Eight Regional Foundation Apprentices hosted the strategy’s launch at Glasgow Kelvin College’s East End Campus on Monday 30 October.

A new “city-wide curriculum” aims to offer a broader choice of learning options that tie into real job opportunities right across the region and that will “strengthen relationships” with councils, schools and other agencies.

The new strategy is committed to widening access and making it easier for people from disadvantaged communities to benefit from a life changing college education.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Improving education and life chances is the defining mission of this government and Glasgow’s regional approach will help build careers and contribute to Scotland’s modern, successful, dynamic economy.”

GCRB was set up as part of the Scottish Government’s reform of the college sector which merged colleges into regional public bodies.

The Glasgow Region Strategic Plan for College Education 2017-2022 is available online at:

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