NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED539938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Engineering in Scotland's Colleges: A Report by HM Inspectors for the Scottish Funding Council
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
Engineering has played an important role in Scotland's industrial history. Over the years, the skills requirements of industry have changed as the technology has progressed and the industrial base of the country has developed. Over the past decade, there have been substantial changes in the employment opportunities for people with engineering skills as some areas of employment have grown while others have diminished. Recent reports by Scottish Engineering have indicated growth in manufacturing orders, employment and investment over the past few years. People with engineering skills also have important contributions to make in other sectors of the economy, including transport, telecommunications and business services. Overall, engineering skills continue to be very important for the Scottish economy. This report seeks to examine the role of Scotland's colleges in the provision of education and training in engineering, the quality of that provision and the factors that influence it. The term "engineering" is used in this report to include subjects as diverse as aeronautical engineering, automotive engineering, electrical installation, electronic engineering, fabrication and mechanical engineering. Many of the statistics in the report are drawn from the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council's (SFC) database. For consistency, the engineering superclass of subjects is used as the basis for comparisons of SFC statistical data. Appended are: (1) Extract from the SFC list of subject superclasses; (2) Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework; (3) Examples from the range of programmes offered by two colleges; (4) Bibliography; (5) Focus group questions; (6) Glossary; and (7) Acknowledgements. (Contains 4 tables, 3 charts, and 28 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)