College courses reprieve is confirmed – Fishupdate.com

College courses reprieve is confirmed Published:  04 July, 2006

CONTINUATION of fishermen’s training at a Scottish college was confirmed today.

Scotish National Party leader and Banff and Buchan MP Alex Salmond met this morning with John McClelland, Chairman, and Roger McClure, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council and senior college officials at Banff and Buchan College at Fraserburgh.

Mr Salmond later gave confirmation that the provision of fishing related training by the college has been secured for the “foreseeable future” with the support of the Scottish Funding Council and industry bodies.

He added:” A serious crisis for the industry, the community, and the college has now been averted – and I congratulate everybody involved.

“The new arrangements take account of the fact that, despite the recent crises, fishing remains an industry with a future in the North east of Scotland, and Banff & Buchan College will remain at the core of providing high-quality training for industry personnel.

“On a wider front, he Scottish Funding Council have now acknowledged that Banff & Buchan College has particular challenges which have to be met, and recognise some of the unique factors which affect this area and its indigenous industries. However, it is also recognised that these same set of challenges provide unique opportunities for the college.

”I am very pleased that the Scottish Funding Council has responded so positively to this issue. There are still a number of issues to be resolved in finding the correct funding formula for the long-term viability of rural colleges – but I am gratified that the SFC recognise the crucial importance of the part they have to play in creating self-sustaining communities.”

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