Scotland is investing GBP 13 million (EUR 15 million) in new college places in areas that are in particular demand by employers
An extra 3500 college places are being created by the Scottish government with some co-funding from the ESF. The investment is a response to a fall in places in recent years. "This funding will provide high-quality training in areas where skills are in particular demand, and will help many young people into works” said Deputy First-Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pointing out that the new college places are for key sectors,, such as the energy industry, food and drink sector, health and digital media.
John Henderson, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland said: "Today's announcement is very good news for colleges and learners. It will provide more opportunities for access to skills. And it underlines the Scottish Government's recognition of the vital role of colleges in contributing to the strengthening of the Scottish economy."