21st January 2013

The EIS has noted the establishment of a Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, and welcomed the Commission’s intention to work closely with the EIS and other prominent organisations to develop better post-16 opportunities for young people.

Commenting on the establishment of the Commission, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS will be happy to work with the Commission and other key stakeholders to examine how post-16 opportunities for Scotland’s young people can be improved.

"In particular, the EIS will be keen to explore how Curriculum for Excellence can drive enhancement in school-college partnerships in delivering better post-16 education and training for school leavers.

"The EIS believes that protecting and expanding FE college provision is vital to ensure that young people have the chance to develop their education and skills once they leave school.

"We are continuing to campaign for improved funding support for FE, and will welcome the views of the Commission as to how college provision can be maintained to ensure that the needs of both learners and employers are met.”