Supporting the #LoveScotlandsColleges campaign

Iain Gray MSP is supporting the #LoveScotlandsColleges national campaign to highlight the importance and strength of Scotland’s colleges to stakeholders.

The week-long campaign, which kicks off today (30th November), will showcase and celebrate the outstanding work of colleges the length and breadth of Scotland.

Brainchild of the CDN Marketing and Communications Network, this collaborative campaign is supported right across the college sector. It will highlight national and local examples of how colleges are supporting students, communities, businesses, staff and the economy.

Speaking about his support for colleges, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Throughout my time in Parliament I have always sought to support and champion Scotland’s College sector and everything it offers for individuals, communities and the economy.

“Colleges are there for people at every stage of their career, from the first steps out of school to retraining in later life. Nearly one million students in Scotland’s colleges are studying as part of their occupation, upskilling and learning the skills to progress and enhance their career.

“They will also play vital part in Scotland’s economic and social recovery from the pandemic, especially for those who find themselves needing to re-train or learn a new skill. In a time of uncertainty and significant changes in the economic landscape colleges are there for those who need extra help.

“That is why it is so crucial that we support the sector and ensure it is properly funded to continue to perform this vital role, and I welcome this important and timely campaign.”

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, College Development Network, said:

“Our colleges are at the heart of their communities, helping students to achieve their future goals; businesses to survive and thrive; regional economies to strengthen; and they are also helping Scotland to build a sustainable, net zero future. This campaign is a celebration of all that the sector does, and a way to shout about the fantastic, transformative work undertaken by colleges every day.

“Colleges will play a vital role in supporting Scotland’s economic, social and educational recovery – supporting industry to rebuild and re-engage its workforce, maximising employment opportunities for our citizens, and addressing the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.

“It is remarkable to see how quickly colleges adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic, responding to the needs of their students by moving learning and teaching online, and providing daily support to students and their local communities. The work of the college sector is now more critical than ever, and I am excited to see inspiring examples of what the sector does through the #LoveScotlandsColleges campaign.”

Join the conversation – #LoveScotlandsColleges – and find out about the important work of Scotland’s colleges.