South Tyneside College chief calls for answers over education funding after Brexit win

South Tyneside College
South Tyneside College

College chiefs in South Tyneside are calling on the Government to deliver answers over how Britain’s EU exit will impact on education services in the borough.

The political landscape of the country was changed forever after the nation voted to leave the EU in a historic ballot box battle.

The Government must offer a directive as soon as possible on how it will continue to fund education and training.

Helen Beaton

The St George’s Avenue venue welcomes students from all all over the world to further education both at the college and at South Shields Marine School.

The college is seeking clarification over how education and training opportunities will be paid for now that Britain has decided to go it alone.

Helen Beaton, who is Deputy Chief Executive of South Tyneside College, says the future is ‘uncertain’ in the wake of the poll but says colleges and the students they serve must be a forefront of political thinking.

She said: “The future is uncertain at the moment but what must remain a priority is support for colleges and their students.

“We are at the forefront of providing education and training in a range of sectors; ensuring people of all ages are equipped with the knowledge and skills that businesses are looking for.

“The Government must offer a directive as soon as possible on how it will continue to fund education and training in order that we can effectively support businesses and the economy as a whole, in particular addressing areas such as money already pledged through the European Social Fund and plans relating to the apprenticeship levy.”