EVENING classes at Alloa’s Forth Valley College campus have been scrapped as the college enters a consultation process to combat rising costs.

Forth Valley announced a 30-day consultation process as a result of an overall reduced funding allocation and the current challenging financial climate.

The college confirmed they had received a 10 per cent reduction in credit allocation and faced rising energy costs, which fuelled the decision.

As a result, a number of key measures were introduced as part of the consultation process. Several courses have ben removed and a number of corporate services teams will be restructured.

Forth Valley confirmed evening classes at Alloa’s campus would be stopped due to low demand and increasing operational costs.

Kenny MacInnes, FVC principal and chief executive, said: “It is with regret that one of the first major duties I need to be involved in as principal is to oversee a consultation process.

“However, our confirmed funding allocation and challenging external environment means this is a worrying time for the college.

“Senior management have made every effort to minimise the impact on staff, however unfortunately, we have been left with no choice but to propose further measures to ensure the financial stability of the college.

“Therefore, this week we have launched a 30-day consultation to minimise the impact of the financial challenges facing the college.

“We recognise that any chance can be challenging, and there are concerns over the impact this may have on individuals.

“We are committed to managing this process in consultation with our staff, with an aim to support the security and long-term future of Forth Valley College.”