West Lothian College students bound for Malaysia

Pupils and staff from West Lothian College are jetting off to Malaysia in the New Year. The trip is part of the British Council Skills for Employability programme, which enables young people to gain direct access to industry training and future employment opportunities.

The scheme focusses on improving student experiences by combining college curriculum with industry training.

Over the past few months, four HNC student learners have been participating in the scheme, working with Mitsubishi staff to develop training manuals.

The resulting manuals explain production procedures and appropriate materials for the manufacturing of air-conditioning units as well as the advantages and disadvantages of existing procedures. The students will head to Malaysia in January to showcase the project.

Employer partnerships in both countries have facilitated work experience and training. The scheme has helped to reform current curriculum and place employer and student needs at the forefront.

Daniel Evans Commercial & Marketing Centre Head at West Lothian College commented:

“The College has partnered with the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office in Malaysia to deliver this scheme. Politeknik Ungku Omar in Ipoh Province is working on a parallel project with Carsem Semiconductors. Both projects will align curriculum to employer needs resulting in graduates fully ready for the Workplace.”

“There are fantastic opportunities to be explored in Malaysia for future partnerships both in industry and education and we are very proud to have been selected by the British Council for this pilot.”

The trip will allow the West Lothian College students to present their part in the project at a showcase event attended by delegates from nations across Asia and Africa. The event will put West Lothian College on the world stage and highlight the hard work and commitment shown by students throughout this project. 

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