Scotland’s Colleges, the body which represents and promotes the college sector, will receive the money from the Scottish Government to identify and help carers studying further education courses in 2012/13.
Education Secretary Michael Russell added: “Going to college or university is an important learning experience and route into employment for many people.
“That’s why we are working to make sure as many people as possible are able to study the course that’s right for them, and there’s no doubt this funding will help make that a reality for more young carers.’’ Sybil Lang, health education development officer at Scotland’s Colleges, said the organisation was “delighted’’ to have been awarded the funding.
She added: “Working with partners from across education, government and the public sector, this project will look to expand and build on the best practice in how carers are engaged and supported in their learning.
“This innovative, effective and excellent practice can then be shared and embedded in all Scottish colleges and bring real benefits to carers.’’