FABIANI WELCOMES £15m COLLEGE FUND

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the announcement from Education Secretary Michael Russell of a new £15million transformation fund, which will assist college reform in Scotland.

Linda saidThe creation of a £15million transformation fund is something that I warmly welcome.

“Establishing this fund – which will help with practicalities and one off costs associated with the reform process – addresses genuine concerns about undergoing significant changes whilst managing budget reductions and I am pleased to note the Cabinet Secretary’s assurance that the exact scope of the support will be determined by further discussions with colleges.

“It is important that Further Education institutions, such as our fantastic South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride, are given as much financial support as possible within the constraints of a Scottish Government budget which has had £1.3billion slashed from it by Westminster.

“I will continue to support efforts to ensure South Lanarkshire College emerges from the funding cuts to the FE sector and this reform process as strongly as it can.”

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell said “Over the last few weeks I have had numerous constructive discussions with college chairs and principals about our plans to reform post-16 education – including the move to a regional model of delivery.

“I have been impressed by their willingness to engage and also by their commitment to reform and remove unnecessary duplication of provision.

“New figures today show that 88.9 per cent young people are leaving school and going into positive destinations such as work, training or education. This is a two per cent increase on last year and an overall increase of nearly five per cent since 2007 – and, in the current economic climate, is a tremendous result. But we must maintain our efforts.”

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