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Funding meets needs of students, says principal; CASE STUDY: EDUCATION.

Bournville College principal Norman Cave welcomed the news young people out of work for more than a year will be offered a job or a training scheme from next January.

He also welcomed a Government pledge to create 54,000 new places in sixth form education.

He said: "It's funding in the right direction, aimed at meeting the need of young students who really need to ensure that they can get a high level of qualification in order to find better employment opportunities." Norman said applications to the college in Bristol Road had been up by 28 per cent in the last year.

"In the 2009-10 announcement for funding, there was no budgeted growth for 16 to 24-yearolds, but that was before the impact of the credit crunch was known. With the extra money we would anticipate we are in a better position to provide support for more students." "During the recession more students want to stay in further education because there are less jobs around to apply for, which put pressure put on colleges to provide more funding." Also mentioned in the Budget was pounds 1.7 billion additional resources for the Jobcentre network and pounds 250 million funding to help people get work experience in growth industries.

With 19,000 students enrolled at the college, Norman believed subsidised schemes such as the Government-funded Train to Gain, were essential to give people a greater chance of employment.

"We work with people in schools, the unemployed as well as employed. Although education is free for 16 to 18-year-olds, there is fee for those in employment with many of those aged 19+ relying on subsidies." The college is aiming to move from its current site to a larger pounds 84 million development in Longbridge where the old MG Rover works was situated.

This week, the ambitious scheme faced a major setback after a Government inquiry concluded financial problems meant the project is unlikely to succeed.

Norman said plans to back green developments may sway in favour of the scheme. "The new building was specifically designed to be environmentally friendly and in light of the latest proposal, we may have a greater chance of receiving assistance from the Government," he said..


Norman Cave has welcomed the training scheme initiative
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Date:Apr 23, 2009
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