West Highland College UHI works collaboratively in creation of national report on School-College Partnerships

West Highland College UHI has been involved in the creation of a report which shows the important contribution colleges make to the learning opportunities and life-choices for our young people in school

The report, Co-creating the Learner Journey: School-College Partnerships & Effective Skills Pathways, has been published today by College Development Network and highlights the fact that school-college partnerships have a positive impact on all stages of the learner journey, helping young people develop their personal and career aspirations from early years through to senior phase and beyond.

Lydia Rohmer, Principal and Chief Executive of West Highland College UHI, was a member of the steering group which commissioned the report and commented:

“School-college partnerships help create broader learning choices and pathways in areas such as STEM, Developing the Young Work Force and Foundation Apprenticeships.

Those partnerships are especially important for our young people in rural and island communities. Truly innovative collaborations between colleges, schools and local authorities in rural areas, such as the Highland Virtual School, ensure that young people in rural areas have equal access to subject choice and progression pathways into the senior phase and beyond to post-school education and work-based learning.

I am delighted to have been involved in the creation of this important report and want to congratulate the team of authors and CDN on the report publication today.

I hope this report will raise awareness with many about the importance of school-college partnerships in Scotland today and the positive impact these partnerships have for many of our young people’s lives and futures.”

The research on which the report is based contains 11 case studies from around Scotland and goes on to identify ten key characteristics of successful School-College Partnerships. It also makes nine recommendations, including the need for an annual report to allow meaningful and consistent comparison across school/college provision.

Read the full report Co-creating the Learner Journey: School-College Partnerships & Effective Skills Pathways here

Watch Principal and Chief Executive of West Highland College UHI Lydia Rohmer share her thoughts on the release of the report: