Julia Belgutay

Colleges take on staff again after years of upheaval

The finances of Scotland’s FE sector are now ‘relatively stable’ but there may be trouble ahead, says report

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The number of staff employed in Scottish colleges has risen for the first time since a raft of mergers transformed the landscape of the country’s FE sector, according to a new report from Audit Scotland.

Full-time equivalent staff (FTE) fell by 9 per cent between 2011-12 – when the government announced plans to create college regions with larger, more efficient colleges – and 2013-14. However, this total increased by 5 per cent in 2014-15, as the changes continued to bed in.

In its report, published yesterday, Audit Scotland concluded that the overall financial health of the sector was ...

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