West Lothian College win Herald National Award for Excellent Employer Engagement in Colleges

For their partnership with Mitsubishi and Malaysian partners, WLC have won the Excellent Employer Engagement in Colleges Herald Award. The Herald Higher Education Awards recognise the high standard of education that is offered throughout Scotland and celebrate the extraordinary things that are going on in Scotland’s universities and colleges. 

The Excellent Employer Engagement in Colleges looks for a higher education college to demonstrate their innovative approach to delivering employers’ workforce development needs. This should be through forming partnerships and working with businesses to develop training processes which aid student employability and also help develop the student’s softer skills. This includes projects offering real-life work experience to students, running ‘live’ projects as well as shaping, tracking and monitoring the curriculum.

The awards have fifteen categories and any representative of higher education institutions which offer degree courses can enter. The event took place on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at The Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

The college won the award for their partnership with Mitsubishi and Malaysian partners. A group of eight HND Engineering students took part in the British Council’s Skills for Employability programme which enables young people to gain direct access to industry training and future employment opportunities. The students spent time on the Mitsubishi premises, observing the operations and learning in depth the current processes and materials which allowed them to create training manuals and provide recommendations. This project aided Mitsubishi through having a new perspective from an outside source, looking at their procedures and combining theory with their experience in the factory.  The project was funded and supported by both the British Council (UK) and the Economic Planning Unit (Malaysia). Four of the eight students travelled to Malaysia to share their experience and showcase the outcomes and benefits to delegates from across Malaysia.

Mitsubishi are the third largest employer, and the largest engineering employer in the West Lothian region- which made them an excellent choice for partnership in this project engaging with the college’s HND Engineering students.

Speaking on the Herald Higher Education Awards, Daniel Evans, Head of International Projects at West Lothian College said: “I am delighted that West Lothian College has deservedly won this award. Lecturers have embraced the challenge to develop the curriculum in a way that is of real value to employers and at the same time make learning more experiential and therefore motivational for our students.

“The opportunity for a lecturer and some students to travel to Malaysia and share experiences with staff and students undergoing a similar programme there has been an incredible reward for the hard work they have all put in. I could not be happier with the end result and look forward to using this project to build our curriculum for the benefit of all.”


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