Results 1–20 of 90 for "west lothian college"

Financial Education in Schools — [Dame Angela Eagle in the Chair] ( 6 Sep 2023)

Marion Fellows: ...the tools for now and for the future to enable them to manage money wisely. It is also very important that people understand the consequences of spending. When I was a further education lecturer at West Lothian College—a number of years ago, it has to be said—I was absolutely appalled at how little my students, who ranged in age from 16 to 60, knew about money management. They had not...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Youth Services: Location (22 Jun 2023)

Mims Davies: ...Helm Dundee Street League Youth Hub Elgin Youth Employability Hub @ Moray Pathways Forth Valley College Stirling Community Enterprise Youth Hub West Fife Youth Hub West Lothian College London & Essex Barking BLC Youth Hub Enfield / Youth Hub Grays Inspire Youth Hub Hackney Youth Hub Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Hub Haringey Youth Hub...

Scottish Parliament: College Regionalisation (13 Jun 2023)

Graeme Dey: ...stuff is happening in our colleges—we should highlight that much more. Personally, I have been hugely impressed, particularly with the work of Edinburgh College and with the innovative efforts of West Lothian College in the health and outdoor learning areas. Questions around budgets and funding to support colleges to continue their work are quite legitimate. The Government is operating...

Scottish Parliament: Women and Girls in STEM ( 1 Jun 2023)

Pam Gosal: ...sector, it is clear to me that the earlier we engage with school pupils, the smaller will be the preconceived gender gaps. Colleges are doing some great work on engaging with schools. For example, West Lothian College does woodworking activities with local primary schools, and New College Lanarkshire runs “Toddle into STEM” events with its early years nurseries. Another fantastic...

Scottish Parliament: International Day of Women and Girls in Science ( 9 Feb 2023)

Fiona Hyslop: ...to highlight women and the work that they do, as well as areas in which more needs to be done. This year’s theme is “Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance.”—or I.D.E.A. In my area, West Lothian College runs a successful women in STEM course that encourages and enables more women to enter that field. Last weekend, the Enigmas, which is a group from Linlithgow academy, took part in...

Backbench Business: Colleges Week 2022 — [Mrs Sheryll Murray in the Chair] (27 Oct 2022)

Marion Fellows: .... It is important for all of us that that parity of esteem should become a reality before too long. It would be remiss of me not to talk about widening access as part of Colleges Week. When I was at West Lothian College—there’s a name check—I taught disabled students and students who came from very deprived backgrounds. To give them an opportunity was a privilege because many of them...

Scottish Parliament: Transition to a Fossil Fuel-free Future (Workforce Skills) (27 Oct 2022)

Sue Webber: ...of the United Kingdom Climate Change Committee stated that having a properly skilled workforce and jobs to facilitate the economic transition to net zero is the top issue. The eco-house project at West Lothian College is a prime example of the college sector and Government funding working together to upskill Scotland and pursue a transition to a fossil fuel-free future. It will see the...

Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Bill (21 Oct 2022)

Marion Fellows: ...was just the end of what might have been a wonderful civil service career. When I have told that story to younger people, such as my daughters, my daughters-in-law and my students when I taught at West Lothian College, I got the same gasp that I just heard in the Chamber. We have moved on—my daughter and my two wonderful daughters-in-law have never experienced anything like that—but I...

Scottish Parliament: Community Wealth Building (25 May 2022)

Fiona Hyslop: ...The Government motion agrees that we need shorter supply chains to support net zero ambitions. In the West Lothian Council area, the Scottish Government’s place-based investment fund has supported West Lothian College to develop a local skills supply chain for net zero with a passivhaus and a retrofit house to help in the expansion of locally sourced and trained skilled workers in that...

Scottish Parliament: Young Persons Guarantee and National Training Transition Fund ( 9 Nov 2021)

Jamie Hepburn: ...That funding will support up to 20,000 individuals and it will offer specific assistance to sectors that are in need of support, such as aviation, social care and digital skills. Recently, I visited West Lothian College to hear from staff and students about the gateway to health and social care course, which is a skills boost course that is funded by the national transition training fund...

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero Nation (21 Sep 2021)

Fiona Hyslop: ..., but we also need precision of policy and pace of delivery, and I have some initial suggestions to make in those areas. In relation to skills, I recommend three specific steps. On Monday, I visited West Lothian College, which is ready, able and willing to gear up at scale training for new building standards and retrofitting skills in an area of growing population. We need the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Whitburn Academy Be Herd Group ( 5 Mar 2020)

Angela Constance: ...at its heart. I also want to mention the Neil’s Hugs Foundation, which is a great local suicide prevention charity led by the marvellous Donna Paterson, who does amazing work with students at West Lothian College. Neil’s Hugs also often visits West Calder high school and St Margaret’s academy. My old high school, West Calder, has done interesting work on reaching out to men and boys...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (West Lothian) ( 5 Feb 2020)

Jamie Hepburn: ...is supported in the immediate term. Our partnership action for continuing employment team attended the announcement of administration on Monday, and a PACE support event is taking place today in West Lothian College, which Unite the union is attending. I have offered to intervene in cases of delays in individuals’ receiving payments from the redundancy payment service. I hope that that...

Scottish Parliament: Support for Youth Employment (Almond Valley) (21 May 2019)

Jamie Hepburn: We have seen good progress in supporting youth employment through the delivery of the developing the young workforce scheme in Almond Valley. Collaboration between West Lothian College and the area’s 11 secondary schools ensures that career education is central to the curriculum offer, as a result of joint planning exercises for each academic year. A forum that comprises schools and the...

Scottish Parliament: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (31 Jan 2019)

Richard Lochhead: ...the gender-friendly physics programme that took place at Lomond school in Helensburgh; the University of Strathclyde’s engineering the future for girls programme; and Equate Scotland’s work with West Lothian College and its careerwise programme. That is just a small set of examples of what has been happening across the country in recent months and years. The report also says that the...

Apprenticeships and Skills Policy — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] ( 8 Jan 2019)

Marion Fellows: ...are huge differences between Scotland and England with regard to the ways in which modern apprentices are trained, and how apprenticeships work. In fact, when I was a further education lecturer at West Lothian College, I delivered programmes as part of modern apprenticeships, and it was always a delight when the college took on modern apprentices who went right through the programme and...

Erasmus Plus Programme (21 Jun 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: ...understand why people are looking to increase the number of participants, so that more people can benefit from it. In 2017, the Erasmus+ scheme was worth €21 million to Scotland. Daniel Evans from West Lothian College said that it was “life changing” and had made a huge difference to people’s lives. The effect of the scheme on individual participants is important, and Daniel Evans...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Joan McAlpine: ...vital source of support and funding for the professional development of our foreign language teachers. Some of the most striking evidence that we heard was from the college sector. We were told how West Lothian College has used Erasmus+ to develop an award-winning programme that was genuinely life changing for the students who participated in it. We heard how that programme enables...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: May I also rebut that canard? When I started teaching in further education in Scotland in 1992, many college courses were not vocational but leisure courses. West Lothian College ran a very successful one on which people my age—now—spent six hours a week doing art. The Scottish Government cut funding for courses like that and increased funding for vocational training. They also do huge...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (Further Education) ( 2 Dec 2015)

Angela Constance: ...over this Government’s term of office, in cash terms, the student support funds that are available to, for example, Edinburgh College have increased by 66 per cent, and the cash-terms increase to West Lothian College has been 112 per cent. We always act to put the interests of students first and have made serious commitments to student support in the FE sector. The member is right to...


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