Skills Challenge

Not everyone wants to head off to Uni and there’s a current skills shortage according to a third of small firms in Scotland.  We need to help fill the skills shortage by creating an additional 10,000 apprenticeship starts every year by the end of parliament. In addition, we would like to work with businesses, supported by SQA to develop 10 skills academies across Scotland.

We would also like to see additional funding given to the college sector.  It is important that the 152,000 cuts to college places are reversed to help redress the imbalance of vocational qualifications over academic routes.


Smash success for 'A Taste of Borders Tourism'

A Tourism and Hospitality event, A Taste of Borders Tourism, organised by Local MSP Rachael Hamilton, Borders College, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Borders and Midlothian Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) went down a treat with local students.

NFUS and Rachael to support agricultural skills pilot scheme

National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) met with Rachael Hamilton MSP to discuss a future agricultural skills pilot scheme in the Scottish Borders.

NFUS have identified skills shortages and with the help of the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire hopes to plug them.