Career prospects increasing for college leavers
17th October 2018
The prospects of those qualifying through Highlands and Islands colleges are continuing to increase according to the Scottish Funding Council's annual College Leaver Destinations report. The publication, released last week, reports on the destinations of those who left college in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
The findings show that 25.9% of leavers from Highlands and Islands colleges went into employment after their studies. This is 5.9% above the national average of 20% and also represents an increase from the previous year's regional figure of 24.5%.
West Highland College UHI and North Highland College UHI were found to have the highest percentage of leavers entering work of all Scotland's colleges, with over 40% of their former students entering employment. The results for leavers entering work from Argyll College UHI and Shetland College UHI were also significantly above the national average.
Including those who went onto further study, 94.8% of leavers from Highlands and Islands were reported to have gone on to positive destinations.
The Highlands and Islands further education region consists of North Highland College UHI, Orkney College UHI, Shetland College UHI, Argyll College UHI, West Highland College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Moray College UHI, Inverness College UHI and Perth College UHI. The University of the Highlands and Islands Court, through the Further Education Regional Board, is accountable for all college and university-level education in the Highlands and Islands.
Dr Michael Foxley, chair of the Highland and Islands Further Education Regional Board, said: "I am delighted to read this audited outcome. It reflects the sustained work carried out by the colleges which make up the University of the Highlands and Islands to give our students the positive outcomes they need and deserve for the future."
The Scottish Funding Council's College Leaver Destinations 2016-17 report is available at - www.sfc.ac.uk/publications-statistics/statistical-publications/statistical-publications-2018/SFCST072018.aspx
North Highland College, Thurso, Caithness
The Principal and Chief Executive of North Highland College UHI has announced his intention to the Board of Management to retire from his post on September 30th 2020. Mr Donald MacBeath, a native to Caithness, has held a number of positions across the college, starting as a lecturer in the mid 1980's and progressing to Assistant Principal and Vice Principal before accepting his post as College Principal in June 2014.
Updates for students, staff and visitors Update March 17: North Highland College UHI is to suspend the delivery of face to face teaching from close of business today, Tuesday 17 March at 5pm, moving to the delivery of teaching and learning online to help reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus within our communities. Students local course leaders will be in touch to explain how this will affect students directly and to communicate how they plan to continue teaching and assessment arrangements.
Aspiring engineers in the north highlands will benefit from a new apprenticeship pathway developed by North Highland College UHI and JGC Engineering. The new pathway has been created to promote the value of employer engagement and the benefit of the skills, learning and experience gained at college.
North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) initiative, led by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, have signed a partnership agreement to formalise their new initiative, The Apprenticeship Hub. The initiative aims to create a collaborative approach between North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland to support growth in the apprenticeship family to benefit the Caithness and Sutherland economy.
Colleges' financial challenges increase. The Audit Scotland report published today (4th June 2019) shows North Highland college is only one of several colleges not to have any financial plan in place to deal with a growing deficit.
The first Norwegian style learning centre in the UK was officially opened in Thurso today Monday 25th March 2019. Newton Rooms are designed to inspire more young people to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and encourage them to study these subjects in school and beyond.
This course is designed for managers and businesses owners to develop their skills in interpreting business documents to use them for business planning. 9.00AM Fri 22 March 2019 to 4.30PM Fri 22 March 2019 Cost £135 Finance for Non Finance Managers:.
North Highland college have two information evenings next week for Scottish Apprenticeship week to promote the Foundation Apprenticeships available to pupils in Thurso and Wick at North Highland College UHI. Entry is FREE..
North Highland College. Saturday 9th February 2019..
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