Representatives from Banff & Buchan College and Mintlaw Academy gave a presentation ay Murrayfield Stadium on Employer & College & School Partnerships at a recent Employer Engagement conference organised by Education Scotland.
Steven Wilson, Curriculum Leader for Mechanical Engineering and Heather Sim, Sponsored Initiatives Administrator from Banff & Buchan College delivered an interactive 20 minute session with Ali Hynd, Principal Teacher of Technology at Mintlaw Academy and Grace Brown, Skills for Work Energy student.
Attended by more than 100 representatives from the business community and the education sector, the conference offered a rich mix of keynote speakers, strategists, successful partnerships, curriculum leaders and willing and engaged employers.
Steven Wilson said: “This was a tremendous opportunity to share best practice of partnerships in action across industry and education.
“Our Skills for Work Energy course, aimed at encouraging females into a male dominated sector, is delivered in partnership between the college, Aberdeenshire schools and Shell UK, Schlumberger, Technip, Score and Ace Winches.”
He continued:” Colleges have identified the need to engage more closely with industry, and employer engagement it is now recognised as a key element of curriculum design, development and delivery.
“While challenges remain, it is also important to recognise the good practice that exists within the college sector.”