College innovation celebrated at CDN Awards

Friday 22 November

The achievements of Scotland’s colleges, their staff and learners were celebrated at the College Development Network (CDN) College Awards. SQA were in attendance to present the ‘Essential Skills Award.’

This award recognises colleges that have excelled in enabling their students to demonstrate their skills in different contexts.

Forth Valley College were shortlisted for their Famous Four Save the Planet initiative, which sees college students from Science, Engineering, and Early Education and Childcare deliver workshops in local primary schools.

Fellow finalists New College Lanarkshire introduced a successful Market Day scheme, which allows students to utilise on-campus market stalls to sell products or services, using skills learned in the classroom and putting them into practice in a real-life situation.

Meanwhile, West College Scotland were recognised for a partnership with Glasgow based hairdressing enterprise SCVLPTVR. Students on the college’s NQ6 Hairdressing course develop a variety of skills by jointly running a SCVLPTVR salon.

Fiona Robertson, SQA Chief Executive, presented the award to Forth Valley College. She said: “By taking an innovative approach, our Essential Skills Awards finalists are providing their students with exciting opportunities to both gain, and demonstrate, new skills. Having the opportunity to put these skills into practice whilst at college will serve the students well in the future. Congratulations to all the finalists, and in particular our winners, Forth Valley College.”