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Borders College Winning duo make it a hat-trick at Scottish Parliament

It’s a hat-trick for Borders College after winning the Field to Fork competition for the third year in a row!!  Great British Bake Off Finalist Flora Shedden announced Borders College students Ann Letham (Hospitality) and Billy Ewart (Gamekeeping) as the winning duo at the ‘Celebration of Scottish Game’ awards dinner held at the Scottish Parliament.

Doddie Weir Charity Dinner at Borders College

Doddie and SHARC will be in good company at charity dinner

Returning to part-time education is ‘child’s play’ for Ashley

Changing career and returning to education can be a daunting task, but for one student, this was a challenge she was willing to take on when she decided to enrol on the Childhood Practice HNC Part-time course at Borders College.Ashley Currie, who is 32 and a single mum from Kelso, decided to improve her career prospects by signing up to the course 2 years ago after spotting an advert on the Borders College Facebook Page. The course was perfect for Ashley, as she would be able to study part-time on a Tuesday evening, while also being able to work part-time in her job at Sainsbury’s in Kelso. Ashley, who hopes to finish her studies and be fully qualified in June, also relished the chance to work in area she was passionate about.Ashley, a keen horse enthusiast in her spare time, says her time at College has been really positive saying:“The thought of getting back in to education while working full-time was a bit daunting, but after signing up, I realised it was a decision I would not regret. The lecturers have been very supportive throughout my time here and I have enjoyed learning new skills and meeting other people studying alongside me. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone looking to study in this area. ”Ashley also took up a placement at Yetholm Primary School while studying at College adding:“My long term career objective is to be working as a Classroom Assistant, so working with young children in an educational environment has been a great experience for me.”Catherine Douglas, who is Ashley’s supervisor at Yetholm Primary School, commented:“Ashley has shown great progress and initiative in her placement in Yetholm. She has excellent relationships with pupils, staff and parents. She has great ideas to develop learning in our environment and is happy to share these with us. We are all really pleased with Ashley. She has really become part of our team.”During her time at College, Ashley has excelled in her studies, showing great enthusiasm, while also being a great help to her classmates. College Lecturer Mandy Dougall commented:“Ashley has demonstrated that she has the formula for success, she has a strong work ethic with a ‘can do’ attitude, furthermore she is supportive of her peers, all of these factors have led to positive outcomes for Ashley.”Another of Ashley’s lecturers, Eileen Graham said:"In her time at College I have found Ashley to be an excellent student. She has an admirable work ethic, showing commitment to her college and placement work and is always well organised and conscientious. She has an excellent relationship with her peers whom she is extremely supportive of."

Calling all Personal Licence Holders in the Scottish Borders

Did you know that you can renew your Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at Borders College through its 10 Year Refresher course?In Scotland, every individual serving alcohol to paying customers is legally required by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to hold a Personal Licence. Licence holders whose licence is set to expire on or before 1 September 2019 will be required to complete a Refresher Training Course, allowing them to continue working behind a bar for another ten year period without the need to complete the whole qualification again from the beginning.The half-day course will include some pre-course home study, and costs £95 per person.Borders College understands that it can be difficult to fit training in around work and personal commitments, and with this in mind has published a range of advance training dates spanning January to July 2019 (the Licensing Board’s renewal deadline is 31 May 2019).The Scottish Government is encouraging everyone who is required to complete training to do so as soon as possible as it is expected that Licensing Boards will become very busy with renewal applications.So check your licence expiry date, and book onto a 10 Year Refresher course today by calling 01450 361030.

Foundation Apprenticeships from Borders College

A Foundation Apprenticeship is a new type of apprenticeship that helps you get qualified through work experience and work-based learning.

Humbled honorary fellow awarded OBE @MNDoddie5

Three cheers for Doddie.

Borders College addressing gender imbalance – one student at a time!

Working towards the Scottish Government’s ambition to ensure equitable admissions by gender.

Say ‘Si’ to Community Learning

Ever fancied ordering your favourite bottle of wine in the local language while on holiday or impressing guests by cooking your own Indian meal?

Jump into January at Borders College Open Days #lifeatBordersCollege

For the past two years, Borders College has welcomed the new year by opening its doors to members of the public at its Open Days, and 2019 will be no different with Wednesday 30th January being the date of choice.

Celebrating Student Partnership at Borders College

In October this year Borders College and the Borders College Students’ Association (BCSA) signed the 2018-19 Student Partnership Agreement. This agreement sets out the ways in which students can influence the life of the college, and outlines key projects which staff and students can work on together to improve the student experience.

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