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Background Info

The Education Secretary has released £15 million to the F.E Sector but this is insufficient as the conditions attached are not to the benefit of the student, this extra money is to be used to rush through mergers of the Colleges. This comes under the explanation of a transformation Fund to enable Colleges to merge and collaborate more together (see The Courier 08/12/12) and support voluntary severance schemes.

As previously stated this will be to the detriment of the communities that the Colleges serve and less staff to facilitate a professional service.

In this recession the Further Education sector has a massive role to play by retraining and upgrading individuals skills.

If these proposals go ahead nationally it will reduce the F.E workforce to less than the 7% 1000 in real terms. The workforce stands at 14,900 currently and should this continued reduction continue our staff would stand at around 11,600.

Also courses would be cut giving less opportunity to all communities served by a Further Education College in Scotland. Included in these proposals is a merger of 41 Colleges into 12 Regions this will impact on opportunities for students who might have to travel to study, making more of a financial impact on studying to gain qualifications.