STUDENT places at Borders College could be reduced by 132 if the SNP Scottish Government cuts of just under £480,000 to the college’s budget go ahead.
The cuts are part of the £40 million of savings the Scottish Government are planning in further education which could see 9,000 college places lost across Scotland.
Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see some of the £67 million extra money received by the Scottish Government from Westminster to plug the college funding gap and Borders based South Scotland MSP Jim Hume said: “Borders College does great work in helping Borderers get on in life and is a massive asset to the economy of the region with its ties to business and employers, but the SNP budget cuts are really hurting the prospects of staff and students.
“The SNP could easily protect these college places by using the new money available to the Scottish Government to retain vital skills and training in the Borders.
Michael Moore MP added: “These cuts will seriously affect the quality of teaching and the number of college places available to them.
“We must work together to protect our college from these cuts and urge the Scottish Government to use the extra money they have recently received to plug the funding gap and secure the College for the future.I don’t want to see any reduction in the options available for young people at the College.”