Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has voiced concern about the “troubling” dip in college qualification attainment, as new data released today revealed that the number of full-time college students successfully completing their course decreased in 2018-19 and attainment targets were missed.
The percentage of students successfully achieving a recognised qualification in 2018/19 did not meet Scottish Funding Council Targets. The further education target of 73.2% success was only met by one college, and the higher education target of 74.4% success was again, only met by one college.
Commenting Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:
“It’s troubling to see the number of students achieving qualifications at Scottish colleges has dipped. Colleges are a hugely important part of our education system.
“We will be reliant on them to retrain and upskill the workforce as we face the challenges of the 21st century economy and strive to meet the demands of the climate emergency.
“It is not enough just to get people into the building – they need to be supported so that when they leave college, they have skills and experience that will help them find work. Scottish Liberal Democrats would repair cuts to the college sector and support Scots working to gain new skills.”