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Two colleges plan merger

Two colleges are planning to merge, delivering courses to around 20,000 students.

Motherwell and Cumbernauld colleges said the merger could take place by early August.

They said a joint college would supply almost two-thirds of the further education provision in Lanarkshire.

While there are no job cuts planned, both institutions said there could be a chance for some staff to go through a voluntary severance scheme.

A spokeswoman for the colleges said: "Both organisations remain committed to their individual policy of no compulsory redundancies. There may be an opportunity for some staff to take advantage of a voluntary severance scheme."

The boards of both colleges have agreed to pursue the merger in line with the Scottish Government's Education Reform Agenda and said the newly-formed college would work with others in the area.

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