Borders College

Skills Accreditation course brings student joy

A resident of Livingston Homereach Care Home recently added to his list of skills and achievements with a new certificate for his portfolio of Skills Accreditation Programme awards.

Billy Montgomery

A unique programme of training developed by Borders College Business Development Unit, the Skills Accreditation Programme consists of practical, activity-based units specifically designed to be carried out in a variety of settings, most suited to users of day services, people working in supported employment or those who are supported in their own home.

Training consultant Christina Beamish recently issued Billy Montgomery with his most recent certificate following his successful completion of the unit in Health Issues – Exercise.  Billy enjoyed the unit and even saw an increase in his fitness.  He was very happy to receive his certificate, and enjoyed looking through the folders of his past units with Christina – candidates’ portfolio evidence proves highly beneficial for confidence building, highlighting strengths, and potentially acting as a CV.

Billy MontgomeryOver the past 2 years, Billy has completed 5 separate units at Livingston Homereach, completing other units prior to this at Broomhouse Café which have included a wide range of skills for life and leisure, comprising the units Changing Bedlinen, Photography and Developing a Hobby.  Whilst completing the unit on photography Billy discovered an interest in buses which went on to feature heavily as the subjects of his photos.  He even had a tour of the bus depot, where he has a connection – both his parents were ‘clippies’ on the buses.

Billy is very proud of his achievements and has since enrolled on the unit Telephone Skills - Answering a Mobile. He hopes this will help him with his independence, so he can stay in contact when he goes out by himself.

For more information about the Skills Accreditation Programme you can contact the Centre for Business Development on 01450 361030 or 0131 667 5345, or by e-mailing

Published: Wed 9th May, 2018