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.
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.
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.
Foundation Apprenticeships help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they’re still at school and it’s a chance for them to get a head start on their careers by gaining an industry-recognised qualification, work on real projects and broaden their career options when they leave school.
Staff and students from the visual communication and art and design courses at Borders College recently held their end of year exhibition, showcasing the creative work of the students and highlighting the differences between graphic design and expressive/fine art.
Borders College, NHS Borders, and Scottish Borders Council (SBC) worked together to introduce Project SEARCH in the Borders back in 2016. Since then the program has gone from strength to strength. This week marked the completion of the program for our second intake of interns. To celebrate the occasion a graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday 12th June at the Borders College Scottish Borders Campus.Pictured are the Project SEARCH 2018 graduates.
Staff members from various Scottish Borders secondary schools were recently welcomed to a pilot training event, hosted by Borders College, aimed at encouraging shared Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) resources within the region.
A Peebles childminder recently added to her professional skillset by completing the Scottish Vocational Qualification in Social Services, Children and Young People at Borders College, a qualification for those employed in the childcare sector who are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council.
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