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.
Sale of surplus print equipment
Borders College, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE has the following printing Equipment for sale.
I.T. Training ‘just the tool’ for Starrett employees
Collating and presenting information in the correct format is essential for any business, allowing companies to run smoothly and better engage with their customers. Borders College Business Development Unit (BDU) recently delivered a training package to The L.S. Starrett Company Ltd, based in Jedburgh, where a number of employees learned how to make better use of Microsoft Office based programmes.
No regrets for Walkerburn entrepreneur Ross
If anybody knows the benefits of studying at Borders College it’s Ross Dickinson. The 43-year-old completed his plumbing training back in 2004, and he has gone on to set up his own company, Kibosh Ltd, which produces an innovative pipe repair product – a design that he invented. Now he hopes to encourage more youngsters and adult learners to find a trade and form successful careers.
Choose your future and Apply Now for Borders College
A new year could mean a new you, and where better to start than your future career? You can APPLY NOW for full-time courses starting in August 2020, and we have a wide range of subjects for you to choose from, including Admin and Business, Agriculture, Engineering, Hairdressing, Plumbing, Care, Sport and lots more.
Adult apprenticeship adds a spark to Craig’s career
Changing career and returning to education as an adult can be an unnerving experience for many people, but for one adult electrical apprentice, the opportunity to work as an electrician and study on the new Electrical Installation Modern Apprenticeship programme at Borders College was just the opportunity he was waiting for. Craig Thomson, who is 31 and from Preston Pans, has just enrolled on the programme after deciding to give up his previous career as a railway engineer. The dad-of-one, who works for Edinburgh based company CableCom, made the life changing decision to become an electrician after sitting down with his partner and setting out a 4 – 5 year life plan.
Exciting new business venture gives Jane a ‘GLOW’
Having a keen interest in producing her own beauty products, and seeing first-hand the problems faced by her clients, led Borders College employee Jane Gray to come up with the concept of setting up her own skincare and cosmetics company.
Regional partnership ‘Handyperson’ course helps to upskill staff
Upskilling staff members is vital in ensuring that any business runs effectively, and this was the case for a number of Scottish Borders Council employees, who recently undertook the bespoke Handyperson training with Borders College Business Development Unit. The College, in partnership with the Council, designed and delivered the training course, with the aim of increasing the flexibility of staff and enabling them to respond effectively with issues arising within the Council’s estates.
Appointment of Chair to Borders College
Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair to Borders College. The appointment will be for up to four years from 3 March 2020.
College leads on Regional STEM Hub
The Scottish Government has recently established a National STEM Hub Steering Group, with a network of regional STEM hubs situated throughout the Country. Borders College is the lead organisation for the Borders Regional STEM Hub, which includes a number of partners:
College students and staff ‘Meet the Candidates’
With the General Election fast approaching, Borders College Students’ Association decided to get involved by holding a Hustings in the Student Refectory, giving students and staff the opportunity to put their questions forward to their party representatives.
BASE Mountain Biking receives top accolade
Borders College has plenty reason to be cheerful after their BASE Mountain Biking Programme bagged the Academic to Business Project of the Year Award at the recently held Scottish Mountain Biking Awards.