Ten of the UK's leading colleges in science and technology gathered in London last week for the launch of the Intelligent College Network. The group has formed as a response to the publication of NEF's The Intelligent College report, and aims to support STEM economic growth, strengthening the position of leading FE colleges among both industry and government. To achieve these aims, the network will encourage knowledge exchange, examine and address the needs of employers, and support research and government initiatives relevant to training and STEM sectors.
Joanna McGillivray, Head of Science at Forth Valley College and one of the founding members of the group, commented:
"We are pleased to be involved with NEF’s Intelligent College Network. Together with other founder college members, we see the ICN as an active body that will bring together the needs of learners, employers and education through innovation and partnership. Being part of this collaborative group will extend our influence and boost our voice, enabling us to make a powerful contribution both to education policy and economic growth in our region."