Borders College

Volunteer enhances career prospects with a recognised qualification

A volunteer for an Edinburgh community nursery has successfully balanced her completion of an essential care qualification with a busy family life, proving that it is possible to continue furthering your education and skills with suitable support.

Volunteer enhances

Savita Kumar, who works in a management position on a voluntary basis for Nari Kallyan Shangho (NKS) Nursery, began the SCQF level 9 award in Social Services, Children and Young People in January last year, supported by the Borders College Business Development Unit.

NKS was set up in June 1987 in Edinburgh by a group of Bangladeshi women who wanted to have a place where they could meet regularly and provide their community with services.  The NKS childcare facility, which provides care for children aged 3 months to 14 years, also follows the Curriculum for Excellence.

Tutor, Anne Benzie, describes Savita as a committed candidate who completed the award within the agreed timescales, adding;

“Savita is married with two teenage sons and although she has a busy life she always made time to complete coursework every week.”

Following her successful completion of both her level 3 and 4 awards in Social Services, Children and Young People, Savita now hopes to gain paid employment. 

To find out more about vocational qualifications available through the Borders College Business Development Unit, telephone 01450 361030 or e-mail

More information about Nari Kallyan Shangho Ltd can be found at

Published: Mon 7th May, 2018