Borders College

College Stakeholders meet over dinner

A dinner held for influential employers across the Borders region was hosted by Borders College recently. This provided a chance for guests to talk about the opportunities to work in partnership and support training and upskilling of current and future employees, ensuring that the Borders region is able to respond to the productivity challenge and is prepared for the adoption of new digital technologies.

Guests arrive at the Borders College Stakeholders Dinner

In her welcome speech, Borders College Principal Angela Cox highlighted that Borders College worked with 540 employers last year, and trains over 270 apprentices each year so is well versed in the challenges employers face, and that evidence suggests that for every individual enrolled on a College course, £55k value is added to the Scottish economic productivity level, making Borders College’s contribution to the Borders Economic Strategy significant.

Angela Cox addresses guests at the Borders College Stakeholders DinnerAngela also made the employers aware of how the College’s Business Development Unit can help with productivity, whether through ‘Interface’ innovation vouchers up to £5k, or the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (helping levy-paying employers, up to the end of November 2017, to access up to £10k).

NVQ levels 2 and 3 Catering and Hospitality students prepared and served the meal, which was praised for the quality and the excellent customer service.

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about how Borders College could support your business, please contact the Business Development Unit on 01450 361030.


Attending the Stakeholders dinner from Borders College were; Angela Cox (Principal), Tony Jakimciw (Chair of the Regional Board), Ian Ireland (Regional Board Member), Bryan McGrath* (Scottish Borders Council, and a Borders College Regional Board Member), Heather Anderson (Vice Principal – Curriculum), and Pete Smith (Director – Finance and Resources).

Employers in attendance were; Lynn Anderson (Qube GB), Anthony Barlow (Inforgen), Paul Brandon and Rory Culton (both of Marlin Industries), Fraser Campbell (Soconnect), Karen Campbell (Glenrath Farms), Grace Frew (Childcare) and Shona Haslam (both of Scottish Borders Council), Bryan McGrath* (Scottish Borders Council, and a Borders College Regional Board Member), David Miller (David Miller Engineering), Dawn Newlands (Brothers of Charity), Kim Smith (NHS Borders), Deborah Taggart (Eildon Housing), Heather Taylor (Mainetti Engineering), and Douglas Turnbull (Plexus Manufacturing).

* Bryan McGrath features in both the Borders College and Employers attendee lists, given his position as a member of the Regional Board of Borders College, as well as an employee of Scottish Borders Council.

Published: Wed 1st Nov, 2017