The invaluable role that Further Education Colleges play in contributing to innovation, internationalisation and skills within Scotland was the theme in a presentation made by Borders College Principal Angela Cox last week.
Ms Cox was speaking at a key business event co-organised by Interface, which aims to simplify businesses experience of working with academia while also encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
The event focussed on innovation, internationalisation and skills development in the workforce to underpin the Scottish Economy and support future growth.
College Principal Angela Cox commented:
“Borders College has worked in partnership with employers to improve their business offers for many years. It is essential that in this uncertain economic climate we collaborate with our academic partners and the public sector bodies to take advantage of the opportunities that are on offer to support our employers.”
Organised in conjunction with Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, Heriot-Watt University, Borders College and Scottish Enterprise, the event was attended by over 26 stakeholders and businesses.
"This event has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with the College and other support providers to demonstrate to businesses the wealth of local support that is available to help them grow. Matching businesses into Scotland’s world class academic expertise has proved a winning formula for hundreds of organisations, and hopefully last weeks event has offered attendees an insight into the benefits that can be achieved from collaborating, the simple process to get a project started and the personal introductions to make it happen." Shelley Breckenridge, Business Engagement Manager, Interface.