New site will give students best chance

STUDENTS will get the chance to put what they have learned in the classroom to practical use in the workplace thanks to a £1.1 million project involving Forth Valley College.

The 'Education into Enterprise' scheme will use new technology to

match students with work placements geared to the courses they have been

taking. The vital on-the-job experience should help them get the job they are qualified for, it has been claimed.

The college's Falkirk Campus will be involved in the initiative which is being backed by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.

Adam Smith, Dundee, Elmwood, James Watt and West Lothian Colleges

are also partners in the programme.

Bob Martin, learning manager for Forth Valley College, said: "We're

delighted to be involved in this exciting initiative. It's another excellent example of how collaboration is transforming education and training for maximum benefit. The system will ensure work experience is relevant to the future career hopes of the students and also help employers gain results from the placements.

"It's a 'win-win' situation with advantages all round."

Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, said:

"Our goal is to create opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth. The Enterprise into Education project is a particularly good example of the work we're doing to help achieve that aim."