Strategic framework is late;FE Focus

19th June 1998 at 01:00
Neil Munro reports from the annual conference of the Association of Scottish Colleges in Uphall, West Lothian.

DETAILS of the long-awaited strategic framework for further education, promised in Labour's election manifesto, are still sketchy.

Mr Wilson said the framework, designed to step up collaboration between colleges and end "cut-throat competition", would be published later in the summer. He offered no more than a preview in his speech, which envisaged colleges "working together to plan to offer a balance of FE provision which better reflects both student and labour market demands and is better aligned with Government policies and initiatives." The blueprint will require colleges to consult other local colleges and businesses before finalising their course and development plans.

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