Earlier this week I received a useful update from the South Eastern Regional College.
Principal and Chief Executive Ken Webb advises me that over the last 2 years the number of full time Further Education enrolments has increased by 17.5% at their Bangor and Ards Campuses.
The College continues to work with local businesses enabling them to grow whilst also offering placements to offer students "real life" experiences.
Funding for 2010/11 has been confirmed and whilst the College managed to secure 17% of the total Further Education funding in Northern Ireland it doesn't represent a significant increase compared to previous years. It is also recognised that the financial situation will be tougher once the results of the Comprehensive Spending Review are announced later this year.
I therefore remind readers that courses at your local College are subject to demand and urge people to support their local College. More information about SERC and the Courses offered can be found at www.serc.ac.uk