#ProudtobeEC – Supporting student wellbeing in lockdown

Our Student Wellbeing Adviser Jenni Moreland spoke to the College Development Network about how our College has been supporting students during the Coronavirus crisis… Those of us who have worked in any capacity supporting College students during the best of, or what we now view as ‘normal’ times, are well aware of the levels of anxiety,…

ECSA is awarded new funding to help respond to the Climate Emergency

Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) has been awarded over £190,000 as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), allowing it respond to the Climate Emergency. The funding will lead to the creation of a new climate change project, building on a previous project, which will run through to 2022. The new project will…

Edinburgh College seeking new chair

Edinburgh College is launching the search for a new Chair of the Board to succeed Professor Sir Ian Diamond, who stood down on 31 October 2019. The Scottish Government has now started the process of finding a new Chair and applications will remain open until 14 April 2020. Ann Landels, Interim Chair of the Board…

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…

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…