A government minister saw at first hand the opportunities offered by an award-winning programme at Forth Valley College.
Annabelle Ewing visited the Falkirk campus to find out more about the Schools-College Opportunities to Succeed (SCOTS) programme.
Developed by Forth Valley College and Falkirk Council, it offers senior pupils the opportunity to experience a range of different vocational subjects to help them make an informed decision about their future careers.
Ms Ewing, youth and women’s employment minister, met with pupils from a range of secondary schools in the Falkirk area as they were taking part in an engineering activity.
She also had the opportunity to speak to Tyler Breen (17) from Denny and Stuart Leith (17) from Bo’ness, former SCOTS students who have progressed to engineering courses at Forth Valley College as a result of the programme.
Dr Ken Thomson, principal of Forth Valley College, said: “We were delighted to welcome Ms Ewing to our Falkirk Campus and introduce her to students who are reaping the benefits from the SCOTS programme.
“The Minister was able to hear first-hand about their experiences and how the course is helping them to choose their future career paths.
“The success rates for the programme have been outstanding with the majority of students progressing to a positive destination – whether that be applying to a full-time college course, staying on a school or securing employment.”