Borders College

Employability Fund Provision

The Employability Fund brings together a number of national training programmes to provide a more flexible, outcome-focused provision for individuals which is responsive to the needs of employers and local labour markets.

The Employability Fund is a government backed training scheme and is funded by Skills Development Scotland. This funding includes a training allowance for some candidates and assistance towards travel costs. There is no financial cost to the candidate and all PPE, if required, is provided.

Borders College is a provider of the Employability Fund that aids the candidate in achieving an SQA accredited qualification or short course certification alongside some work experience over an agreed timescale.

The main objective is to give candidates the opportunity to build confidence and gain worthwhile experience in a vocational area of their choice and add to their Curriculum Vitae. Following successful completion there may be a job opportunity immediately.

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  • Certificate of Work Readiness
  • Work Experience Rolling Programme
  • Customer Service Award
  • Sector Based Work Academy – ‘Train to Care’
  • Sector Based Work Academy – ‘Train to Gain’

Success Story

When a student receives recognition for all the hard work they have put in throughout the duration of a programme on the Employability Fund, it is always a proud moment for Borders College.

Kirsty Baxter was referred onto the Certificate of Work Readiness programme by the Department of Work and Pensions as they felt she required to enhance her employability skills on top of her already acquired administrative skills and that this course would give her an opportunity to showcase her abilities.

Kirsty’s placement was held within the NHS Performance and Planning Team where she undertook various tasks including data entry, minute taking, diary updating, team meeting attendance and marketing in addition to other duties.

Kirsty’s performance was to such a high standard that she was named NHS Borders Student of the Year at their annual awards ceremony.

Kirsty completed the Certificate of Work Readiness in May 2014 and was then offered a position in the team which she accepted and started straight away.

Kirsty Baxter

Kirsty picked up her award and was accompanied by Greig Forrest (Course Tutor), Deirdre McKendry (Head of BDU), Debbie Kerr (HR Manager) and Heather Anderson (Vice Principal Curriculum)

“I did go into the course only for the work experience and I came out of it with a job which I am extremely grateful for. Since the course I have been able to move on in my job and have applied for another job which I am doing what I enjoy, working with computers. If it was not for the course I would not be where I am. I felt that it was a great stepping stone for getting people who need that extra help in getting to work. My lecturers were friendly and supportive which helped greatly. I felt the work provided was more of a refresher of what I already knew but it may have been helpful for those who had not done anything like this before."

Kirsty Baxter