Seevic Principal relieved following government funding announcement
Monday, 07 December 2015
Seevic College Principal Nick Spenceley is relieved that the government has pulled back from making further funding cuts to Colleges.
Chancellor George Osborne announced that education funding for 16-19 year-olds and adults would be protected in his Autumn Statement on 25 November.
That decision represents recognition of the value colleges like Seevic provide to the economy according to Mr Spenceley.
Mr Spenceley lobbied senior government politicians including Skills Minister Nick Boles, who visited the College in April 2015, in a bid to prevent funding cuts.
He also worked closely alongside Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris.
Mr Spenceley said: “My personal view is one of enormous relief to see that funding for Further Education has been effectively protected for the next five years.
“This reflects how central colleges like Seevic are to executing the government’s plan to create a more prosperous nation.
“The welcome support and backing we have received from Rebecca Harris MP has been invaluable.”
Funding for Further Education was cut by a third following the 2010 General Election and further cuts had been widely feared by the sector ahead of Mr Osborne’s speech.
However, the announcement means that Seevic will now be able to plan with more certainty for the future.
Mr Spenceley added: “For the first time in years we have relative stability regarding funding for several years ahead. This, combined with our current healthy intake of students, will allow us to plan with more certainty to offer strong A-level, Vocational and Apprenticeship courses for our community.”
Around 2,500 young people attend Seevic College. The College offers A-Levels, Vocational & Professional Qualifications, Apprenticeships, Higher Education, Foundation Learning and courses for adult learners.