Bright future for rural jobs

Borders College is preparing to host an open morning next week outlining the possibilities of careers in local rural industries.

The open morning will be held on the Borders College campus at Newtown St Boswells on Saturday, February 7.

Those local young people who are interested can in pursuing rural careers are invited to come along and talk to staff, see the facilities and find out more about the range of ‘Landbased’ opportunities available.

The Borders College Landbased area has a wide range of courses on offer including Landbased Service Engineering, Agriculture, Gamekeeping, Horse Care, Animal Care, Horticulture and Landscaping at a range of different levels.

Staff representing these courses will be at the event, and will be available to answer any questions prospective applicants may have. The open morning will run from 10 am to 12 noon.

Visitors will also be able to look through Borders College’s newspaper, Country Matters, put together by the Construction, Engineering and Landbased faculty.

The paper provides information on everything including how to move from college to degree courses.

Borders College was recently praised by local MP Michael Moore following performance data released by the Scottish Funding Council.

For 2013-14 the College had the highest student success rate of any college in Scotland for further education, the second highest rate for higher education students at college, the highest rate for learners with disabilities and the highest rate for learners in a second or subsequent year of their course.

Mr Moore said: “I want to congratulate the students, the teaching staff and the management at Borders College on their exceptional performance in 2013-14.’

“This clearly demonstrates that Borders College is the best in Scotland, with fantastic success rates.”