New Fund To Help Island Students Continue Education

school 2 2014Councillors have approved plans for a new grant pot to help young islanders continue their education on the mainland.

Two awards of up to £4,000 each will be offered to 18 to 19 year-olds to help cover the cost of further education, including travel and accommodation.

The scheme is being introduced as new government legislation requires local authorities to offer people aged 19 and below support that will encourage or assist them to participate in education or training.

The Council says mainland students would normally have access to a further year’s attendance at a college whilst staying with their parents, but that’s not possible for young islanders, who are unable to access the courses due to the additional costs involved.

The grants will prevent social isolation and unemployment, they say.

They’ll only be available to former Five Islands School pupils who have already completed at least one year of further education and will be decided by awards panel.