10 reasons to study in Edinburgh this summer

1. Edinburgh is a city that has it all Where else can you spend the summer studying as well as enjoying the best festivals; visiting half of Scotland’s top attractions for free; submerging yourself in heaps of history; hiking the hills; bathing at beautiful beaches; dropping in on blockbuster film locations; going to gorgeous gardens;…

Peter – EC Student Stories

Peter is gaining international work experience as well as personal growth Twenty-one-year-old Peter, originally from New York, moved to Scotland eight years ago. He told us how studying HND Hospitality Management has shown him a path to new opportunities. “Before coming to College, I worked at Five Guys where I would work for 10 or…

Apprenticeships – how to get started and how to apply

Foundation Apprenticeships Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are work-based qualifications for senior-phase secondary school pupils. It’s a qualification that takes you out of the classroom and gets your foot in the door with an employer. You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 or S6, it’s the same level of learning as…

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020

We’re supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week throughout the week we’ll be catching up with some of our apprentices to find out why doing an apprenticeship was the best choice for them and how they’re benefiting from gaining an industry recognised qualification while learning on-the-job. Watch the videos below or read further into each story below. Ahmed…

Ahmed Abdou – Foundation Apprentice

Seventeen-year-old Ahmed Abdou started his Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in 2018. Ahmed’s FA is run in partnership between his school, the College and technology giant Microsoft. Currently in the second year of his FA, Ahmed spends time working in Microsoft’s Waverley Gate offices, learning about various elements of the organisation. Having chosen to study…

Flavia Ciccotti – Foundation Apprentice

Flavia Ciccotti began her Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in 2018. Flavia’s Apprenticeship was run in partnership with her school, the College and Crisis Scotland – a national charity for homeless people. During the second year of her FA, Flavia spent time working at Crisis’ Edinburgh office – learning in the workplace, gaining crucial work…

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020 – Employer perspectives

Apprentices are employed across Scotland in a wide range of jobs in sectors including engineering, construction, financial and business services, health and social care, digital technology, tourism and food and drink. Last year there were over 28,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts across a wide range of sectors. This includes Graduate Apprenticeships, which provide the opportunity to…

What are Foundation Apprenticeships?

Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) are designed for S5 & S6 school pupils and combine college learning, qualifications and work experience with top organisations while you are still at school.     FA’s allow pupils to enhance their kill set with skills and qualifications that employers need. Whether you are looking to go straight into employment, join…

Mark McCole – Modern Apprentice

Vehicle Body Repair and Alignment apprentice Mark McCole decided to start an apprenticeship at the age of 27, after realising that his passion was in working with cars. Mark serves his Apprenticeship with L&I Eaton, based in Edinburgh’s Leith area and compliments his on-the-job learning with assessments and theory at the College’s Sighthill Campus. Watch…

Gavin is named OPITO Apprentice of the Year

Edinburgh College Instrumentation and Control Maintenance apprentice Gavin Brown has been named Apprentice of the Year by OPITO. Gavin, who is 34-years-old, came to College in August 2018 to begin his apprenticeship, working alongside the College’s lecturers at Midlothian Campus as part of OPITO’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP). Now a second year…

Kayla receives Edinburgh College Development Trust STEM scholarship

An Edinburgh College HND Engineering Systems student has been awarded a scholarship which will see her working alongside College staff to inspire thousands of pupils to consider STEM careers. Kayla Ho, who studies at the College’s Midlothian Campus, has been named the David Doig Foundation STEM scholar for 2020 following a successful interview. Kayla’s role…

College set to Celebrate Care Day at the Hub for SUCCESS

We’ll be joining partners from Edinburgh’s Hub for SUCCESS this Friday (21 February) for a day of celebration to mark Care Day 2020. The Hub for Success is hosting a drop-in session on Friday to showcase its work helping students into and through further and higher education. On Friday, from 11am-1pm, the HUB is opening…

Fast track your Financial Services career with Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College’s Enterprise and Commerce team is delighted to launch a new Fast Track into Financial Services course, aimed at helping graduates secure roles in the ever-evolving industry. Fast Track into Financial Services is created in partnership between the College, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), employers including Lloyds Banking Group, Sainsbury’s Bank, Tesco Bank, and TSB…