Hawick STEM Hub opens its doors
The newly launched STEM Hub, based at the Borders College Hawick Campus, played host to local businesses and stakeholders recently with an event aimed at raising awareness of the provision available to the Borders community from the newly reconfigured resource. The breakfast networking event saw Deirdre McKendry, Director of Business Development at the College, welcome attendees before keynote speaker for the event Stuart Hawthorn, Technical Sales Manager from Travis Perkins, addressed attendees on energy efficiency and climate change along with the future of the heat pump market in the UK construction industry, with a particular eye on the UK Government’s commitment to 2050 Net Zero Carbon Target.
Borders College Graphic Design students help create the ‘new look’ for DunsPlayFest 2020
The first DunsPlayFest was held in Duns in May last year and was a great success. The festival is unique, the first of its kind in the Borders and probably Scotland, celebrating new dramatic writing by local Border playwrights. The event was packed with play premieres, workshops, cabaret performances, community events, food, drink and fun. With Over 30 events on the programme, including 20 plays, over 25 organizations were involved: primary schools and high school, charities, theatre groups, community groups, and local and national businesses.
Watch the Skills and Learning Network Launch!
After the successful launch of the Skills and Learning Network last Wednesday we have ‘compressed’ the whole event, from the Borders, into a short video which lasts just over a minute!
Eildon commits to future joint working partnership with Borders College
Borders College and Eildon Housing Association have formalised a partnership in recognition of their similar objective of working for the greater good of the region’s population and communities.
Skills and Learning Network launched across the South of Scotland
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, was at Scottish Borders Campus and Deputy First Minister John Swinney was at Dumfries and Galloway College to officially launch the Skills and Learning Network across the south of Scotland. Staff and guests on both sides of the country watched via the latest video conference technology as Angela Cox, Borders College Principal, virtually welcomed guests from Dumfries and Galloway College to the joint live event, before both ministers took the opportunity to announce the network open.
STEM Hub Hawick Employers’ Launch
The STEM Hub in Hawick, a resource to local businesses in the construction and renewables sectors. Come to our free event and see what we have to offer at the STEM Hub, whilst enjoying a bacon roll. Discover funding options for training, courses, resources and equipment that we have available for you to utilise. Hear from industry on the skills they are looking for when recruiting. From thermal imaging, ground source heat pumps, BIM to sustainable construction methods and more, we are here to help you upskill, stay current and innovate.
College demonstrates best practice in Modern Apprenticeships provision
Borders College Business Development Unit (BDU) has received a glowing report in a review of their Modern Apprenticeship provision for Social Services (Children and Young People) Awards.
DFN Project SEARCH in the Borders – Could you be our next intern?
NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Borders College worked together to introduce Project SEARCH in the Borders back in 2016. Since then the program has gone from strength to strength. We are happy to announce that the search has begun for our class of 2020/21.
It’s train to train for apprentice sparky Robbie
Five years ago, an apprentice electrician living in the Edinburgh area would have more than likely chosen to study at one of the local colleges. Fast forward to the present time and the implementation of the Borders Railway, and studying in the Borders has become just as viable an option for anyone living in and around the city. This was the case for Robbie Neave, a junior electrical apprentice with John Noble Electrical, based in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, who is studying on the Electrical Installation Modern Apprenticeship programme, run by Borders College.
City Region Deal boosts inclusive construction and engineering skills supply
Over 2,000 people in south east Scotland are set to benefit from the first wave of skills and career support from the new Housing, Construction and Infrastructure (HCI) Skills Gateway.
Food hygiene top of the agenda for candidates
Food hygiene is essential for any business who provide a catering service, and Borders College Business Development Unit recently accommodated this through the delivery of the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene course at their Edinburgh campus. A group of candidates from a number of local catering establishments signed up to the one-day course, which teaches them about safe working practices, food poisoning prevention and pest control – all essential in ensuring their places of work meet the required standards.
Niesha adds to growing female construction trend
Back in 2010 just 10% of workers within the construction industry were female. Things have moved on from then and now 30% of the construction workforce are made up of woman, and for one Borders College electrical student, this has come as no surprise. 24 year old Niesha Clark, from Galashiels, is currently studying on the Electrical Installation Modern Apprenticeship programme, run by Borders College, and believes woman can do just as good a job as their male counterparts when it comes to being on the tools. The single mum-of-two, who works for CC Electrical, Galashiels, has been working as a trainee electrician for 2.5 years after initially studying at College for 2 years.
Charlie ‘game’ for LANTRA finals
Staff from Borders College’s Rural Skills department recently submitted nominations for Lantra Scotland’s much-anticipated Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (the ALBAS), and were delighted to learn that one of their former students had been shortlisted for the finals. Charlie Blance, age 20 from Methven was selected by an independent judging panel made up of influential figures from across the land-based and aquaculture sector and chaired by agriculture and rural affairs journalist Erika Hay.
Come and see what we can offer at our 2020 Open Day
Members of the public will once again be able to see what Borders College has to offer when it holds its 2020 Open Day, which takes place on Wednesday 29th January. Following on from the success of last year’s event, where over 400 people visited our Galashiels and Newtown St Boswells campuses, the College are hoping to see even more people coming through the doors this year to see what’s on offer.
Minister focuses on early learning and childcare during College visit
The Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd MSP visited Borders College to give an update on the Scottish Government’s policy on funded childcare places. Ms Todd spoke with staff and students studying on a variety of childcare-related courses at the College from full time HNC, PDA and NC courses to those employed and studying at SVQ levels 6, 7 and 9.