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Innovative New Programme Tackles Local Youth Unemployment

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Cumbernauld College students are to benefit from better job prospects thanks to a revolutionary new programme which aims to improve skills and match local employers' needs.

The college has been awarded £440,000 in funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to offer the New College Learning Programmes which are targeted at those aged 16 to 24.

Programmes on offer at Cumbernauld College include business administration, retail, hospitality and care, all chosen because they match local employment opportunities.

These short courses will focus on the long-term employability of learners and will consist of a vocational element as well as work experience placements.

Applications are now open for the New College Learning Programmes which will commence at Cumbernauld College later this month (August).

Cumbernauld College Principal Martin McGuire said: "The New College Learning Programmes are a welcomed addition to Cumbernauld College's curriculum.

"These courses have been specially chosen to meet local employment needs and will provide our students with valuable vocational skills as well as enhancing their employment prospects."

Students will spend seven weeks in college gaining a number of vocational qualifications before moving on to a six week work placement.

Around three-quarters of the new places are for 16 to 19 year olds.


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Cumbernauld College.


Notes to editors:

1.   Based in North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld College offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to Degree level study.

2.   Cumbernauld College has campuses in Cumbernauld, East Dunbartonshire and Broadwood Campus (Sports Performance).

3.   Cumbernauld College became the first organisation in North Lanarkshire to achieve the Investors in People Gold Award (2010).

4.  Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is a national skills agency. It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. SDS works with a range of learning providers to deliver training of the highest standard across Scotland. For more information visit: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/