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Drop In Part-Time College Places


06/08/15


New figures reveal a huge drop in part-time college courses across Lanarkshire since 2008.

A report from the Auditor General for Scotland shows 10,487 places were purged.

During the same time period an additional 2344 full-time students were added to the roll at Lanarkshire’s three colleges.

The statistics are from the 2008-09 session to the one from 2013-14.


Lanarkshire had three colleges during the period that the Auditor General examined - New College Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire College and Coatbridge College. In April 2014, Coatbridge College became part of New College Lanarkshire.


The biggest drop in part-time courses over the six years occurred at New College Lanarkshire. There was a fall of 6651 (36 per cent) part-time courses and an increase of 917 (25 per cent) full-time courses. That added up to a combined drop of 5734 (26 per cent).


New College Lanarkshire’s part-time numbers were: 18,373 (2008-09); 17,084 (2009-10); 15,015 (2010-11); 12,018 (2011-12 ); 11,531 (2012-13 ); and 11,722 (2013-14).

The full-time numbers at New College Lanarkshire were: 3606 (2008-09); 3878 (2009-10); 4159 (2010-11); 4181 (2011-12 ); 4178 (2012-13 ); and 4523 (2013-14).


At South Lanarkshire College there was a 2580 (56 per cent) drop in part-time courses and a rise of 875 (74 per cent) in full-time courses. That totalled a combined drop of 1705 ( 29 per cent).

South Lanarkshire College’s part-time numbers were: 4643 (2008-09); 3570 (2009-10); 2620 (2010-11); 2343 (2011-12 ); 2039 (2012-13 ); and 2063 (2013-14).

The full-time numbers at South Lanarkshire College were: 1190 (2008-09); 1430 (2009-10); 1464 (2010-11); 1431 (2011-12 ); 1698 (2012-13 ); and 2065 (2013-14).


At Coatbridge College there was a drop of 1256 (39 per cent) part-time courses and a rise of 552 (45 per cent) full-time courses. That equated to a combined drop of 704 (16 per cent).

Coatbridge College’s part-time numbers were: 3229 (2008-09); 3417 (2009-10); 1961 (2010-11); 2268 (2011-12 ); 2134 (2012-13 ); and 1973 (2013-14).

The full-time numbers at Coatbridge College were: 1237 (2008-09); 1186 (2009-10); 1306 (2010-11); 1429 (2011-12 ); 1850 (2012-13 ); and 1789 (2013-14).


Central Scotland MSP Margaret Mitchell said part-time courses are vital to people who, for whatever reason, need to change career, and for single parents returning to the workplace after having children.

She added: “Thousands of people across Scotland have been denied the opportunity to study in a way that is flexible to them. Over 10,000 places have been cut in Lanarkshire.

“It’s no wonder businesses are increasingly worried about the skills gap.”