Regional News in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

25 04.17


Ministers confirm their intention to retain SDS, Scottish Enterprise and HIE boards and Funding Council

A new s trategic board will established to align the work of these agencies. This board will encourage greater collaboration and innovation between agencies, helping strengthen the support they give to people, businesses, training providers, universities and colleges.  -;


Free tuition for EU students to continue

The Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP, announced that European Union students studying in Scotland and enrolling in 2018-19 will be guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their courses. Swinney said: ‘These students deserve certainty, and knowing that their free tuition is in place for the entirety of their course is important.’ Around 20,000 EU students study in Scotland.


Working Links – Expression of Interest for Fair Start Scotland

Working Links are interested in working with end-to-end providers, local authorities and specialist providers to deliver Fair Start Scotland. The Scottish Government is inviting tenders to deliver a new Scottish Employability Support Service, ‘Fair Start Scotland’, that provides support to disabled people and those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to find and retain work.

Fair Start will be a voluntary programme offering specialist support to long-term unemployed people and claimants with health conditions, disabilities and a wide range of other complex barriers. Fair Start contracts will begin delivering in April 2018 and will replace the transitional services Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, which will run from April 2017.
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£20m package of support for Additional Learning Needs

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language has made a written statement to announce a £20m package of support for ALN. He said, “My priority is to support all partners to successfully implement and deliver the new system”. Written statement


£95m for healthcare professionals' education and training in Wales
A £95m package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales has been announced. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the funding would support physiotherapists, nurses, radiographers and a range of health science training opportunities, as well as enabling more than 3,000 new students to join those already studying healthcare in Wales. Read the article


Northern Ireland

Representative needed for the CDI Professional Standards Committee

The Professional Standards Committee  is the only standing committee of the CDI. It oversees and advises the Board on the maintenance of professional standards and qualifications. It is also responsible for dealing with complaints and disciplinary issues. It comprises a chair (elected by all the members); two representatives from each professional constituency and one from each national constituency.   Details of PSC members and the planned activities can be found here. If you are interested in joining the Committee which meets every 3 or 4 months either in person (travel costs paid) or virtually please contact