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Skills agencies seek the views of employers to help shape future skills support

Employers across the South of Scotland are being asked to share their views on apprenticeships and work-based learning to help shape future skills support. 

Hairdressers take to Instagram to ‘brush’ up on their practical lessons

@BordersCollege Level 3 Hairdressing students have used some improvisation and taken to social media to help facilitate their learning and develop their practical skills.

Colleges have a civic responsibility to support our community in any way we can

@BordersCollege – at the heart of the Borders community: Reflections on the current COVID-19 crisis At Borders College, we pride ourselves on being a cornerstone of our community and in these extraordinary times, I have never been more cognisant of our civic responsibility to support our community in any way we can.   

Five-star showing for students at National ALBAS Awards

Five Borders College (@BordersCollege) students are celebrating after being selected as finalists for the ALBAS, Lantra Scotland’s much-anticipated Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills – an exceptional achievement for everyone involved.

Borders College: developing the workforce of the future

@BordersCollege has a long tradition of serving the Scottish Borders business community with skilled graduates and industry-led education to upskill the workforce. Now, more than ever, we are acutely aware of our role in meeting the needs of local employers as we all endeavour to recover from the COVID pandemic and respond to Brexit. Working with our partners across the region, including DYW, SDS, schools and employers, as well as remaining aligned with National initiatives supporting growth, development and recovery, we are ideally placed to contribute significantly towards employment in the region.

Employers urged to take up apprenticeship grant

Businesses are being encouraged to apply for the Skills Development Scotland apprenticeship employer grant (AEG) through @BordersCollege Up to £5000 is available for businesses who want to take on a new Modern or Graduate Apprentice, or for the reskilling of existing staff. The funding can be claimed retrospectively for those who started after December 1st 2020.

Borders College employees delighted to be guest speakers at this year’s Lantra Employers Webinar

@BorderCollege staff employees Mary Thomson and Fiona Turnbull were delighted to have been given the opportunity to be guest speakers at this year’s @LantraUK Skills for Farming Employers Apprenticeship Webinar.

Free Data Science training at Four Scottish Colleges

@BordersCollege, @edinburghcoll, @fifecollege and @WestLoCollege offer free Data Science training for job seekers and career changers For some years now, a digital narrative has become increasingly more familiar to us all, as technology is ever-developing and changing the way we live, work, and study on what seems a daily basis.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

@BordersCollege is supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, which runs from the 1st to the 5th March. Co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, it will demonstrate the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

Department of Enterprise and Innovation to benefit from newly appointed Director

@BordersCollege employee Katharine Mathison was recently promoted to Director of the Department of Enterprise and Business Innovation (DEBI) at Borders College and is relishing the challenge ahead.

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