High ‘spirits’ as students visit local suppliers
Sourcing locally’ have become real buzzwords in this day and age, with more and more hospitality businesses turning to local suppliers to source their products, and for a group of Borders College students, visiting two local food and beverage businesses was the perfect way to see where the products they could potentially use originate from. HNC Hospitality, Level 3 Food and Beverage Supervision, Level 2 Hospitality and level 3 Professional Cookery students recently took a trip to the Borders Distillery to look at the distilling process, as well as Bedrule Farm to see how red deer are reared for venison.
Students inspired by record breaking rower Leven
Holding five Guinness World Records and, as part of a team, the record for the "longest distance rowed in 24 hours in an ocean rowing boat" is an amazing achievement for anyone, so there was no better person to give an inspirational talk to a group of Borders College students than legendary ocean rower Leven Brown. Leven recently visited the College to talk to students about his record breaking maritime adventures and how having the drive and enthusiasm can help anyone reach their goals.
Greenpower pupils 'stem' the competition.
Borders College lecturers Dave Black and Mark Catto recently travelled to East Fortune race track with pupils and representatives from four Borders schools to take part in the Greenpower Race Sunday event. As part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project, which sees Borders schools working in conjunction with Borders College on the STEM subjects, pupils from Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Kelso and Gala secondary schools all took part in the race.
Colleges Brings Digital Learning to Parliament
Dumfries and Galloway College and Borders College have showcased their expertise in digital skills at the annual Colleges Scotland reception at the Scottish Parliament.
Borders viewpoint given facelift, thanks to college students
One of the Borders' best viewpoints has been given a cleanup, thanks to its links to one of the region's most mysterious legendary characters. The Rhymer's Stone - erected in 1929 by the Melrose Literary Society and later moved a short distance to a viewpoint at the foot of the Eildon Hills by the town's community council - was looking a bit worse for wear but Borders College students have now given it a facelift.
'Get That Degree' through your local college
Going straight to university and getting a degree is a route that is not easily accessible to everyone but now, through a collaborative partnership between Borders College and Dumfries and Galloway College, along with a number of Scottish Universities, the opportunity to get a degree after successfully completing a college course will become much easier.
Borders College Graduation 2019
This year's ceremony took place on a typical rainy Autumn day at the Borders Events Centre in Kelso. A day described by the Chair of the Regional Board for Borders College, Tony Jakimciw, as 'the best day of the College year'. This year's ceremony, which saw in the region of 160 graduands cross the stage to receive their education awards, had a real air of celebration and fun, even including a selfie booth for guests to enjoy after the formal proceedings had taken place.
Customer service is their 'stock-in-trade'
Two Apprentice Auctioneers have recently successfully completed their Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service with Borders College Business Development Unit (BDU). Andrew Hutcheson and Cameron Robertson, both from Harrison & Hetherington Farmstock Auctioneers, Brokers & Valuers, based in Carlisle, have been working to complete their SVQ in Customer Service over the past year whilst working with the company. Andrew is based at The Mart in St Boswells, while Cameron is based at the Lockerbie Mart. Both work with farmers, mainly within the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway regions.
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Digital changes are to be recognised at national awards
BORDERS College has been nominated for a prestigious national award. Over the last year, Electrical Installation lecturer Dale Clancy has been working to make his course more digital for students.
A step in the right direction for Carpentry and Joinery students
Not all teaching takes place in the College classrooms, and this was the case for a group of Carpentry and Joinery students, who recently visited a bespoke staircase manufacturer in East Lothian to learn about the construction methods used within the company. The Carpentry and Joinery Advanced Craft class spent the day visiting Angus and Mack Ltd, a hardwood carpentry and design company, to help get a greater understanding of bespoke staircase construction, using both solid and veneered hardwood, and laminated ply components, all used in the manufacture of geometrical staircases.
Anne's on top of the world with highest honour
'Be Prepared' is their motto, and this was somehow fitting for one Borders College employee when she received news that she was being presented with the highest possible honour given to a Scout leader. Anne Whiteford, who lives in Edinburgh and is a Tutor/Assessor with Borders College Business Development Unit (BDU), will be presented with the Bronze Wolf Award for her services to the Scouts. Given in recognition to Scouters who have contributed exceptional, noteworthy and extraordinary service to the World Scout Movement, this award is the highest honour that is presented to a volunteer Scout leader throughout the world. It recognises the individual's contributions, service, dedication, and many years of volunteer work in successfully implementing the Scouting program.
A walk in the park for life studies candidates
Providing unemployed people with new skills and knowledge is vital in enabling them to return to work, and this was the case for one group of candidates, having just completed the Catering for Life course. The nine candidates recently celebrated their successful completion of the course at an event in Dalkeith, the second time this has been delivered in Midlothian, and using their newfound skills and knowledge, will now hope to secure employment.
Award highlights College commitment to online security
In the modern digital age itâ€™s vital that businesses do all they can to help protect themselves from the menace of online threats. Borders College is no exception, and after some excellent work from the ISLT department, they have recently been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, helping to reassure their students, staff and customers that they remain one step ahead of cybercrime.
Start your full-time course this September
Borders College is still recruiting for full-time courses starting this September. Whatever your background, whatever your aspirations, there's a course that's suited to your needs.