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Oatridge Course Offers Skills Needed to get a Job

Published Wednesday, 27th February 2013 in Study at SRUC news

In these straightened times young people, indeed people of all ages, are having huge difficulties finding work.

The situation has been well documented and seems unlikely to improve in the short-term. However, an SRUC run programme is working to buck the trend.

The National Progression in Activity Tourism programme has become an essential step for  those students moving into the job market. Run by SRUC Oatridge, in partnership with Falkirk Council Employment Training Unit, the scheme aims to give students skills they need to get a job. This includes planning and preparing for work, timekeeping and attendance, working safely, working co operatively with others, following instructions and self review evaluation.

Jemma Farquhar, from Denny, who has just completed the course said: “I was signing on at my local job centre when I was offered the opportunity to do this course. I didn’t have qualifications but I had undertaken other courses. None of them were like this one. It really has helped me to increase my level of education and to get a qualification”

“This course has given me skills” said Ashleigh Niven, from Stenhousemuir, who has just landed a marketing field research job in Edinburgh. “I enjoyed being able to go out and try different activities that increased my confidence”

Ashleigh’s words echo the testimonials of other students in this group. Activity Tourism perhaps wasn’t the first subject that came to their minds when they considered their next steps. However, it has transformed their lives and opened doors.

Course Tutor, Alick Bennett, said: “This course has had a huge impact on those who have taken it. For Stephen Gray (Larbert) it encouraged him to do a National Certificate in Countryside Management. For Gail Lesley (Maddiston) it was that final step before applying to University while Steven Heeps of Falkirk has secured a one year contract with the Waste Management Department at Falkirk Council. It’s clear that the course has made a remarkable difference to these student’s lives.”

The success of the programme has been recognised by other Councils, such as Midlothian, following the model and forging partnerships with the campus.

SRUC offers courses in Activity Tourism and Countryside Management at various levels, from National Progression Awards, through National Certificate, Higher National Certificate and Diploma, undergraduate degree, to Masters (MSc). Courses are offered at our campuses in Ayr and Aberdeen, as well as at the Oatridge Campus.

Other Activity Tourism courses offered at SRUC Oatridge Campus are the 11 week, part-time, National Progression, starting at the beginning of March and the full-time National Certificate in August/September.

Information about these courses

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