£108m extra investment in colleges

Our plans will build Scotland's colleges back up and support students

We want Scottish education to be the best in the world again.

That means building Scotland’s colleges back up to where they were before the SNP began butchering further education budgets.

Over the last nine years, we have lost 152,000 college places.

152,000 places have been lost from Scottish colleges

This has hit people who can only study part-time the hardest. Parents, carers or have a job, have lost out.

Female students in particular have seen their opportunities disproportionately cut.

College lecturers and support staff have lost their jobs.

That is why today we’ve announced plans to invest £108m a year in colleges, funded by our penny for education policy.

This investment in colleges will restore funding in real terms to 2010/11 levels and bring years of SNP cuts to an end.

Our extra investment

That will be a huge funding boost to colleges so they can train more people to go on and get good careers.

They will be able open up new courses, recruit new students and help stop the skills shortage faced by many Scottish businesses.

I’m proud of our bold and positive proposals that will help get Scotland fit for the future.

If we want an education system that works for everyone and gives people the chance to reach their potential, then we need to pay for it.

We will give our colleges the funds they need and these plans will make a huge difference.

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