Men in Early Learning and Childcare

Everyone, meet Kieran Gallagher.  Kieran is the Out-of-School Team Leader at North Edinburgh Childcare and he is currently studying his Level 9 Childhood Practice with us, training to the level of Manager. Did you know he is one of the surprisingly small 4% of male workers in the Early Learning and Child Care (ELC) profession? …

What are Modern Apprenticeships?

Modern Apprenticeships are a unique mode of study which combine on-the-job training with employers and additional learning at college allowing students to build up work experience while learning their trade. Edinburgh College currently offers apprenticeship programmes in: Automotive Engineering Fire and Security Systems Hospitality Life Sciences Creative & Digital Media Hear from our Skills Development…

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 a full…

What is Scottish Apprenticeship Week?

James Prentice – Head of Communications and Marketing, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Scottish Apprenticeship Week is an annual campaign designed to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s apprentices and their employers. Every year, employers, learning providers and apprentices across the country get behind Scottish Apprenticeship Week by hosting a range of events and activities to celebrate…

Mental health – the time to talk is now

Julie Huggan, Online Information Development Worker, Health in Mind  I joined Health in Mind, a Scottish mental health charity based in Edinburgh, last year because I feel very strongly about improving the lives of those affected by mental health issues.  Through my own personal experience as a young person with anxiety and depression, one of the key issues I…

5 things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas

Edinburgh is known for being a city with lots of different events and something is always going on. Christmas time is no exception. During Christmas, Edinburgh gets beautifully lit up with Christmas lights and there are a lot of events happening in the city. Here is a list of the 5 must-do activities in Edinburgh…

In employment – studying as you work

Once you have finished your time in full-time education you may feel that your work is the only place where you can learn new skills. However, there are multiple routes that those in employment can take to continuing learning. At Edinburgh College there are different courses that you can take to learn something new while you study. These…

University – courses to get you on track

How to get to University When thinking about going to university the thought of having the correct entry qualifications can feel daunting and unattainable. At Edinburgh College there are many routes that you can follow in order to reach your goal of studying at university. It also provides you with a platform to discover if…

Still at school – courses available to you

Are you still at school and thinking about what you are going to do after? It may be an easy choice for some people but for most of us it is a big choice and exercise in understanding what we like the most, what we are the best at and what we can see ourselves…

Adult Returners at Edinburgh College

Whether you left school a couple of years ago, or your school days are a distant memory, coming to college to study something new isn’t out of the ordinary. In the year 2017/2018, 55% of our students were aged 20+ (Edinburgh College, 2018), showing that college isn’t just for school leavers. With over 700 courses,…

School leavers – why choose college

Here are some stories from our students on why college was the right choice for them. College helps you reach your career goals If you are one of those people who has always known what they wanted to do, then college could be the best place to get the skills and qualifications you need to…

Student Support Drop-In Sessions

Are you in need of advice or support? Don’t keep it to yourself. There are drop-in sessions at each campus which we would encourage you to come along to. Learning Development Tutor Drop-Ins can help with pre-entry, on-course and pre-exit guidance. They can give you support with your course, and additional support if required. Guidance…

Wellbeing Drop-in

Wellbeing Support is available for students who are finding it difficult to meet the demands of their course because of mental ill-health or other reasons. Wellbeing will focus on helping students to manage to study, learn and meet their potential. What help is available? Support with motivation and morale Living and coping with mental health…