Skip to content

Digital learning hub opens at college

Share
Be the first to share!
By Fiona Reid
Front
Digital learning hub opens at college

A £6.7 million digital network which will improve access to training for students from across the South of Scotland was officially launched yesterday.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney was at Dumfries and Galloway College to cut the ribbon on the new Skills and Learning Network. It is a pioneering partnership between Borders and Dumfries and Galloway Colleges, funded by the Scottish Government through the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP)

The network will use a ‘hub and spoke’ approach to extend access to quality training and learning opportunities across the region. Hubs focused on care, renewable energy, construction and engineering will be based at college campuses in Dumfries, Galashiels, Stranraer and Hawick, allowing students to participate in classes online. Spokes will be located in high schools, community facilities and business premises enabling more students to participate in learning opportunities across the region.

Mr Swinney said: “The South of Scotland Skills and Learning Network will broaden access to teaching for students and learners of all ages right across the region. “With a clear focus on areas that have growing regional job opportunities, the ability to develop key skills without having to relocate will provide so many more people with an excellent start to their careers, or the chance to retrain to branch out into new areas. Today marks the launch of the network and I look forward to seeing how the colleges develop the technological platform that has been created here to its fullest potential.”

Dumfries and Galloway College principal Joanna Campbell added: “Working in partnership with schools, our local authority and all the other stakeholders allows us to multiply and maximise the knowledge, skills, talents and resources that exist across the South of Scotland,

“Our Digital Learning and Skills Network gives us a framework to further boost that existing potential. It is a forward looking, industry learning and hugely impactful development of which we’re all immensely proud.”

LINK UP . . . Borders College are partners in the hub scheme and a live link up was demonstrated
Concern as another hen harrier goes missing

Concern as another hen harrier goes missing

RSPB SCOTLAND is calling on the Scottish Government to introduce regulations on grouse shooting following the disappearance of a hen harrier in the region.

Front

13th Sep

School works hit by pandemic

By Fiona Reid | DNG24

School works hit by pandemic

AN update on refurbishment works at some of the region’s primaries has been given.

Continue reading
New book examines impact of 20th century murders

New book examines impact of 20th century murders

IT was 85 years ago this week that Moffat found itself at the centre of a murder investigation that changed the face of forensics.