Borders College

Keys to Employment Celebration of Success

Funded by Scottish Borders Council Employment Support Service, the Borders College Business Development Unit has successfully delivered a Keys to Employment course to fifteen Department for Work and Pensions clients.

Borders College Keys to Employment group May 2018

Pictured left to right are Mike Niven (Employer & Partnership Manager, Department for Work and Pensions), Susan Rennie (Business Skills Manager, Borders College), Vincent Murray, Beccie McCudden, Liam Avery, Elizabeth McCormick, Ross Hair, Charles Birrell, Jacqueline McCraw, Colin Stewart, Michael Gordon, Katharine Mathison (Interim Vocational Manager, Borders College), Alan Brisbane, Steven Fox, Alasdair Scott (Senior Employment Development Officer, Scottish Borders Council)

Borders College works in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and The European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver the Keys to Employment course.  Mike Niven, Employer & Partnership Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, also worked closely with Borders College to select and refer suitable candidates, further assisting by hosting some of the course sessions at the Job Centre in Galashiels.

Candidates (who are usually unemployed people preparing for new tenancy, are under threat of homelessness or are looking to improve their opportunities to gain employment) had to meet the ESF eligibility criteria prior to starting the 10 week course. 

Susan Rennie, Business Skills Manager and mentor throughout the duration of the course, said:

“This course encourages candidates into thinking about work or volunteering, and provides them with the skills to assist in confidence building and preparing for interview as well as gaining mandatory qualifications that will enhance their CV.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development, added:

“I am delighted that the course has been so successful and that participants have found it helpful. It provides a great first step for people trying to get into employment for the first time or for anyone wanting to re-enter the workplace following a period of time away and I welcome the news that there are plans to offer a similar course in the near future so that more people will be able to benefit.”

A celebration event took place recently in recognition of the group’s success, where candidates each received a certificate in recognition of their achievements.  They will be able to use their new skills to better manage their budgets, as well as to prepare for employment.

To find out more about the training programmes available through the Borders College Business Development Unit, please contact the team today by calling 01450 361030 or by e-mailing

Published: Wed 30th May, 2018