West Lothian College recently welcomed over 40 influencers and employers from West Lothian and the wider area to an Employers’ Dinner.

Companies represented on the night included Morrison Construction, Paterson Arran, Cameron Drywall Contractors, Shin-Etsu, Walker Timber, and John Bean Technology (JBT).

Along with other local businesses, representatives from national and local organisations like Skills Development Scotland, West Lothian Council and the Chamber of Commerce took part in lively discussions with college board members and senior managers.

The dinner celebrated the college’s partnerships with many companies, and looked at how the college, employers and influencers could build new relationships that are mutually beneficial and improve student success.

Employers on the night were encouraged to share their views and opinions of the college offer, and how it could be adapted to best suit their business needs.

Dinner was provided by the college’s hospitality department – with students from Skills for Work, Professional Cookery and Hospitality courses all helping to prepare and serve a delicious three course meal.

This Employers’ Dinner was the first in a series of such events planned by the college to strengthen links with local and national companies.

Jackie Galbraith took up the role of principal at West Lothian College seven months ago. Since then, she has spent time getting to know staff and students, getting out to West Lothian’s towns and communities, and meeting employers. The dinner was an excellent opportunity for the college’s new principal to meet business leaders in West Lothian.

Jackie said: “Our vision is to help deliver a highly skilled and enterprising workforce in West Lothian. We want to help people, businesses and communities be successful by providing high quality education and training. I was delighted by the enthusiasm of our guests at the dinner and I look forward to exciting developments emerging from the conversations on the night.”