Jamie adds his skills to college’s virtual learning team

During the two Covid-19 lockdowns, e-learning proved to be invaluable, enabling students and pupils to carry on their education even though they weren’t able to attend lectures or classes.

By Kevin Janiak
Friday, 4th June 2021, 10:31 am
Jamie Rae of Galashiels, who has been awarded a Kickstart apprenticeship role at Borders College.
Jamie Rae of Galashiels, who has been awarded a Kickstart apprenticeship role at Borders College.

And, for Galashiels man Jamie Rae, it’s provided him with a career.

The Borders College e-learning team recently welcomed Jamie on board, through the recently-established Kickstart scheme, offered to employers to support the training, development and employment of young people aged 16-24.

Jamie has taken up the role of virtual learning environment Kickstart apprentice, and can’t wait to put his skills to good use.

He said: “I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting into the role and believe I can bring a unique

array of skills to the e-learning team.

“I decided to drop out of university last March and was looking for a job which suited my skillset and passion. The opportunity arose after a meeting with my work coach and I was referred to Borders College through the scheme, and was eventually offered the role.”

The scheme offers grants for employers and covers all pay and National Insurance up to minimum wage for the motivated young people participating.

And the scheme isn’t just open to single employers, but groups of employers too – helping small businesses who couldn’t otherwise participate.

Assistant Principal Jayne Gracie, who heads the e-learning team at the college, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jamie to the team.

"His role as the VLE apprentice is really important in ensuring we take forward the e-learning agenda. He will provide a fresh pair of eyes and bring a contemporary approach to the role.”

Jamie added: “I have experience in a creative subject area, so I want to transfer those important skills over to this new role.

"I look forward to playing a part in the changeover from the student learning platform Moodle to Canvas, as well as continuing to work with such a great team.”

Borders College is working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders, Borders Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber to support the scheme.