Increase in college places

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Borders College is to get an extra £203,840 to expand the courses on offer to help boost job prospects for the unemployed.

The money is part of a £13 million package of funding from the Scottish Government via the Scottish Funding Council’s Skills for a Competitive Workforce project, and European Social Fund which aims to create 3,500 new places.

Welcoming the additional funding, a spokesperson for Borders College said: “In the current year the fund will be used to provide around 17 additional part-time places targeting individuals who may have no qualifications or who may require re-skilling or up-skilling to meet the needs of employers. This will include women returning to education.

“For next year the fund will be used to create over 30 additional full-time places.

“The college will work with employers and with community planning partners to ensure that the places offered meet local needs and priorities.”