Bringing Employers and Education Together

The final report of the Commission on Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce was published on 3 June 2014.

Earlier this year Ayrshire College Principal, Heather Dunk, delivered a speech at the Commission’s national summit in Edinburgh. Heather spoke about how the College is connecting employers and education to support economic growth and young people into employment, and demonstrated this in the following video.

Here’s a summary of the young people featured in the video.

James – Apprentice at GSK, Irvine

James wanted to study a science higher education qualification when he left school. After ruling out university, he decided to embark on a science course at college. When he saw an advert for a process chemistry apprenticeship at Glaxo SmithKline he applied and is now combining study for an HNC Applied Science at the College with work-based learning at the company.

Shaun – Apprentice at Dustacco Engineering in Newmilns

Shaun knew at school that he wanted to work in a job related to engineering and went to college to study a Level 2 qualification. In his second year at college he chose to specialise in welding and secured a month-long work experience placement with Dustacco Engineering who then offered him an apprenticeship.

Lesley – Owner of Lesley McDonald Hair & Beauty, Troon

Lesley achieved a clutch of Highers at school and was encouraged to go to university. However, she wanted to be a hairdresser and chose to follow her ambitions. In 2010, at just 22 years old, Lesley set up her own company and four years on she now employs six staff. A firm believer in balancing college learning with experience in the workplace, two of her employees are undertaking qualifications at Ayrshire College. Practising what she believes in, Lesley is studying an HNC to develop her own skills.

Find out more about James, Shaun and Lesley and read more on how Ayrshire College is supporting employers in Ayrshire College News.


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