Borders College

National Training Programmes

Borders College is an approved Training Provider of National Training Programmes which attracts contribution funding from Skills Development Scotland.

Employability Fund

If you are over age 16 years and not in education, employment or training this funding may help you gain qualifications and work experience.

The Employability Fund offers a number of opportunities and provides flexible training support that responds to the needs of employers and local labour markets. Provision is linked to the Strategic Skills Pipeline and offers courses and training to enable participants to progress in their learning and development. Some training is directly linked to job opportunities.

The funding allows Borders College to work with local unemployed individuals to develop their skills and qualifications for the world of work or progress to college or a Modern Apprenticeship.

Eligibility criteria apply with limited places available.

Modern Apprenticeships

Anyone over 16 years of age can apply to train as an MA (Modern Apprentice). All trainees need to be in paid employment throughout the duration of their apprenticeship programme. MA frameworks incorporate a vocational qualification from Level 2 and above and are available in a wide range of sectors. All trainees need to be in paid employment throughout the duration of their apprenticeship programme. These qualifications are competency based and Borders College has a range of courses on offer. Please see

Please note there are limited funds available and age and sector criteria apply in some vocational areas.

Information for Parents

Are you a parent/carer/guardian of a young person who is unsure on what options are open to him/her? Please do not hesitate to contact us for up-to-date information.

Information for young people (and not so young people)

If you are unemployed and would like to discuss what is involved with the above programmes please give us a call and we will arrange an informal meeting.

Information for Employers

As an employer - are you considering taking on additional staff? Would you benefit from Borders College finding a suitable applicant so you can give him/her an opportunity to gain work experience before deciding if he/she is right for your business? Why not consider the Employability Fund in the first instance? Alternatively, we can promote your Modern Apprenticeship vacancy.

For all initial enquiries please contact:

Business Devlopment Unit on Tel: 01450 361030 Email: