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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09928: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many of the full-time equivalent (FTE) students identified in the numbers provided in the recent Audit Scotland report, Scotland's colleges 2017, took part in either a "Get ready for work" or "Employability fund" course, and whether these students were included in the FTE numbers.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 19 July 2017

The Audit Scotland report used the Scottish Funding Council’s (SFC) infact online database in order to calculate Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) for the 20 incorporated colleges in Scotland.

The infact database can be used to split the number of FTE’s down by a number of variables, including individual college as Audit Scotland have done, however it does not have an accurate estimate of SDS Employability fund supported FTEs: https://stats.sfc.ac.uk/infact/index.htm

A more appropriate measure of students who are supported at college by SDS is the Funded FTEs as published by the SFC in the Official Statistics ‘College Statistics 2015-16’ publication. This shows that of the 117,204 Scottish Government funded FTEs delivered in 2015-16, an estimated 750 of them were funded through SDS’s Employability Fund: http://www.sfc.ac.uk/communications/Statisticalpublications/2017/SFCST032017.aspx (available in the background data file - Figure 3)

The Get Ready for Work programme was superseded by the Employability fund in 2013-14.