Employer Engagement

Employer engagement means involving employers in developing the skills of the future workforce through links with local businesses. Employers have a vital part to play in preparing young people for future careers and to help them acquire general life skills.

Students will benefit greatly from getting industry experience which will help them kick-start a successful career in their chosen field and these types of opportunities can:

  • Give young people earlier exposure to the world of work by helping them develop the skills, experience and knowledge they'll need when they leave College.
  • Provide a chance to get a head start on their careers by gaining an industry-recognised qualification, work on real projects and broaden their career options when they leave College
  • Provide employers with the chance to attract highly motivated and committed young people who are willing to learn, and identify young people who are right for your business and ensure your organisation has people with the skills you need.

Are you an employer?

If you are an employer, you can get involved and help young committed learners to take the first step in their careers. There are many levels of engagement, this can and always will be tailored to best suit the needs of your business including:

Industry Visits and Tours: Our learners are given the opportunity to see industry first–hand

Industry professional speakers: An opportunity for subject experts to share experiences and knowledge of the world of work and the industry they will be entering.

Work Placements: Led by the business, work placements give the learner valuable experience in the work place while also giving employers an opportunity to see potential employees up close.

Sector Specific Employer Engagement Days: These events allow networking opportunities between companies

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships allow learners to complete some elements of a Modern Apprenticeship whilst still at School. These qualifications have been developed by Skills Development Scotland to offer learners an alternative pathway into their chosen future careers. 

These innovative frameworks allow learners the opportunity to gain a qualification at level 6 whilst staying at school - their time is spent between School, College and the workplace. 

As with our full College portfolio, we are always looking for employers to offer opportunities to our Foundation Apprentices, whether this is through providing professional speakers, assisting in industry challenges or providing placements. At present we are offering Foundation Apprenticeships in the following areas:


  • Social Services (Children & Young People)
  • Social Services and Healthcare
  • Scientific Technologies 
  • Accountancy
  • IT: Software Development  
  • IT: Hardware & System Support
  • Food and Drink Technologies
  • Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 



As a College we aim to open doors to careers by bridging the gap between education and employment. More information is available in our Employer Engagement booklet which you can read here

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about working with the College, you can contact our Employer Engagement Officers.  

Elaine Campbell Ecampbell@west-lothian.ac.uk

Alison Rogers Arogers@west-lothian.ac.uk


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