International award win for Borders College

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BORDERS College clinched the international award at the 2012 Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) ceremony held at Anniesland College, Glasgow, and hosted by media personality Kaye Adams.

The event rewards and recognises achievements and commitment from individuals, schools, colleges and training organisations across the country.

Amid 34 finalists, covering 11 different categories of success, Borders College competed for the international award with two other training organisations.

With funding through the Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme, LLP, Borders College has, during the last nine years, been successful in developing international links and partnerships. It has also developed a programme of activity that gives students the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by enabling them to train and learn in another country through work experience with a host employer.

Lynn Retallick, external funding manager, and Andy Winwood, programme leader, picked up the award on behalf of Borders College.

The college’s project started with six gamekeeping students undertaking placements on a sporting estate in Sweden and has blossomed into involvement with land-based industries, rugby development, childcare, access students with special needs, hair and beauty, sport coaching, agriculture and equine management. Other nations involved include Belgium, France, Norway, Ireland and Spain.