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Education bursary scheme 'excellent news for young people in Cornwall'
3:20pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
Cornwall Council is continuing to provide financial support to help young people to stay on in education and training.
The Cornwall bursary scheme was introduced by the Council last year to provide additional support for young people in Cornwall following the Government’s withdrawal of the Education Maintenance Allowance.
During 2012/2013 over 6,900 bursaries were awarded to young people aged 16 – 19, helping more than 2,000 young people. This was 24 per cent of the 8,400 young people studying at level three at FE Colleges and school sixth forms in Cornwall.
This year the authority has allocated £700,000 to support the scheme which will enable schools and colleges to extend the financial support they make available to students through the National 16 – 19 Bursary scheme. The scheme has also been extended to Special Schools in Cornwall to enable them to better support the needs of their post 16 learners.
The council says that the national scheme and the additional support from Cornwall Council are "designed to remove the financial barriers students might face with participating in post 16 learning opportunities". This includes support for things such as transport; course books and equipment and the cost of course trips.
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We know that in a rural county, one of the biggest barriers to young people accessing the right course for them is transport but there are also additional hidden costs to learning such as books, equipment and essential course trips which, in the current economic climate, students and families may struggle to afford.
"The Cornwall Bursary can help with these things, removing an element of financial worry and enabling students to concentrate on their chosen education and the start of their career pathway.“
The Cornwall Bursary is being administered through FE colleges, school sixth forms and special schools based in Cornwall which will already be administering the national scheme. This means there are no additional central costs for administering the Cornwall Bursary. Further information on the financial support which is available to students, including details of the Cornwall Bursary, are available from all Cornwall’s post 16 learner providers.
David Walrond, Principal at Truro and Penwith College, described the Council’s confirmation of its continuing bursary scheme as “excellent news for young people in Cornwall”.
He added “In difficult times, this Council scheme is effective targeted investment which supports very large numbers of young Cornish men and women to access at age 16 the provider and the course most appropriate for them. Money follows the learner and allows progression to higher levels of qualification.
“Through its Bursary Scheme, Cornwall Council is making a real difference to the post-16 options and outcomes for young people in the county.“
The council’s support comes at the same time as the Government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training as part of its Raising the Participation Age Strategy.
This requires them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their eighteenth birthday from 2015.
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