- The Scottish Government has increased current levels of revenue funding for the college sector by 3.1% in cash terms (1.3% in real terms), with the Draft Budget for 2019/20 confirmed as £606.5m. This represents an additional £18.3m against the Draft Budget for 2017/18. However, the full £18.3m is for funding National Bargaining. The revenue funding has not been adjusted for inflation, therefore this equates to a real terms reduction in funding to cover day-to-day operational costs.
- The Scottish Government has reduced current levels of capital funding for the college sector with the Draft Budget for 2019/20 confirmed as £47.6m. This represents a reduction of £29.1m against the draft budget for 2018/19. It should be noted that £22m of this capital funding is for the Forth Valley College campus build. Therefore, there is a capital budget of £25.6m available for backlog maintenance and lifecycle costs.
A TV campaign to encourage people to choose college as their ‘plan A’ was launched on Thursday, 1 November 2018. The campaign will air throughout November on STV with 88 broadcasts of the advert are scheduled. A website has also been set up with video case studies of current students and a search function to allow people to get in touch with their local college; visit www.choosecollege.scot.
Watch the advert below.