Articles from Borders College

Food fayre exhibits best of local food and drink

As part of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight 2018, Borders College is inviting members of the public to celebrate some of the best of food and drink produced and sourced in the Borders at its ‘Local Food on Local Plates’ event on Tuesday 11 September 2018.As the local provider of catering and hospitality qualifications, the College has joined the campaign to champion the Scottish food and drink industry, which aims to become a £30bn industry by the year 2030, as well as showcase local talent and whip up interest in careers in the sector. Curriculum Learning Manager, Joanne George, believes Local Food on Local Plates will help to inspire future uptake of education and ultimately employment in this industry, commenting:“Working in partnership with our local industry providers to deliver this exciting event will not only raise the profile of our local food producers and suppliers here in the Borders, but also showcase the wide range of opportunities to learn and work in this growing industry.”

Ending period poverty for College students

Students at Borders College will this year have access to free sanitary products as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to end period poverty, and the College is in good company with a schools, colleges and universities across Scotland also lending their support to the campaign.Those living in poverty or on a low-income in Scotland often struggle to afford essential feminine hygiene products, making it difficult for them to go about their day during that ‘time of the month’, including attending school or college.  Following a successful pilot scheme in Aberdeen which saw over 1,000 people take part, the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that lack of access to such products does not impact on an individual’s ability to fully participate in education at all levels.This is why Borders College has decided to tackle the issue head-on by sourcing an initial supply of items from the Government’s campaign for students to benefit from.Student President, Douglas Jardine, said:“Although this is a brand new initiative within the College, we hope that it is well received, becoming commonplace and a permanent fixture for our students.”Free sanitary towels and tampons will be made available to all students across the College, and can be obtained from the Student Advice Centre or Students’ Association Office at the Galashiels campus, or from any campus reception.

New skills and new friends are only a click away

With a diverse range of exciting and interesting community and evening courses starting at Borders College from September, it’s never been easier to gain new skills and meet new friends in the Scottish Borders.Held at four locations across the region, subjects vary from computing and languages to crafts and wellbeing, and there is something for everyone – brand new subjects include Chinese Character Writing and Bookfolding/Art, with popular subjects like Cake Decorating and Furniture Making returning again for the Autumn. You could even gain a recognised qualification on a certificated course, or get the younger members of the family involved with creative classes designed especially for kids.So whether you have enjoyed completing a community and evening course at Borders College before, or you are thinking of signing up for the first time – don’t delay, book today.

Borders to benefit as governments to sign off Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

The Scottish Borders will benefit from not only multi-million pound investment but an economically stronger wider region thanks to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, which will be signed off today (Tuesday 7 August) by the UK and Scottish governments.

NEW: Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing @BordersCollege

With 2018 being the Year of Young People, now is the time to bring the personalities, talents and achievements of Scotland’s young people to the fore.  As part of its Modern Apprenticeship (MA) family, Borders College has introduced a brand new MA in Hairdressing, offering those aged 16 and over the chance to earn a wage and build their experience whilst gaining an industry-recognised qualification.

South of Scotland to benefit from multi-million pound SoSEP investment

The South of Scotland is to benefit from an investment of just over 6.6 million pounds as part of plans approved by the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP) to enable the creation of a digital learning platform and infrastructure that aims to provide access to learning opportunities for individuals of all ages, irrespective of location.

Local engagement event to develop British Sign Language plans for Scottish Borders @BritishSignBSL

British Sign Language (BSL) users, their families and professionals in the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to attend a joint engagement event to help play their part in the development of BSL plans by Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and Borders College.

Healthy Success for Borders College at Scottish Student Sport Awards 2018

Student President Douglas Jardine was on hand to scoop the college’s very first healthy Body Healthy Mind Award at this year’s Scottish Student Sport Awards, where a number of Scottish Colleges and Universities gathered to celebrate their sporting achievements.

Higher National study makes progression a reality for Care students

Seventeen Borders College students have credited their Higher National study for their successful progression to further study and employment in the care sector.

STEM goes off with a Big Bang at Borders College

Over 300 S2 pupils from across the Scottish Borders recently attended The Big Bang Event at Borders College which took place over 2 days, participating in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities and finding out about related career opportunities.One of a number of Big Bang events put on across Scotland in June for secondary pupils, the two days offered ‘marketplace’ sessions covering a wide range of STEM sectors, including construction and engineering, health care, food and drink technology, digital, science and maths. Popular interactive activities were Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality, drones, and programmable ‘Dash’ robots.  One pupil said the VR headsets were his favourite activity, enthusing about his ‘score of the day’ on the virtual welder.Among the inspiring and engaging 90 minute workshops on offer were Bloodhound rocket car racing, programmable Lego Mindstorm robots, RAF Operation X, Microsoft Ltd, and MTa STEM kits.  Wendy Findlay of Energy Skills Partnership (ESP), took the groups through the MTa STEM kit, which was recently trialled by Borders STEM teachers at the College’s Construction Hub in Tweedbank.The inaugural event was organised by Borders College in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Borders and ESP, all of whom were delighted by the uptake.Joanne George, Employer Engagement and Work Placement Co-ordinator at Borders College, said:“This was the first opportunity many of the pupils have had to really engage with STEM and find out what it’s all about.  It was brilliant to see them all enjoying the activities and coming away with an enthusiasm for these subject areas.”Earlston High School Science Teacher, Jennifer Walker, agreed with this:“The pupils don’t always identify where STEM can go.  Because the group are still quite young, it’s good for them to see the activities first-hand and visualise the potential careers.”The College’s Engineering department also offered a fun pit-stop challenge using the Greenpower electric race car (styled like the bat mobile!) allowing pupils to try their hand at a timed wheel change, a challenge they also took to the Big Bang Scotland event in Perth earlier in the month.  One pupil was delighted to be the fastest to complete the wheel change in her group.

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