More than 1,500 pupils ready to embark on School Links programme

July 16, 2020

School’s out for summer – but North East Scotland College is already looking forward to welcoming the latest cohort of secondary pupils to the College after enrolling more than 1,500 young people from across the region in the School Links programme.

School Links courses are delivered in partnership with local authorities and offered to pupils from S4 to S6 as part of their secondary timetable. Providing a range of national qualifications, including Foundation Apprenticeships, the focus is on developing essential skills for employment in a wide variety of sectors.

School Links courses run throughout the school year and this year will begin on 7 September, coinciding with the start of full-time courses at the College.

With access to campuses limited as part of a phased approach to the return to College, in line with evolving Scottish Government guidance, plans are in place for online learning for School Links pupils when they begin their studies. Ongoing arrangements will be reviewed as the school term progresses.

Shelley MacKenzie, Schools Liaison Manager at NESCol, said: “The School Links programme continues to grow and we’re looking forward to welcoming our latest group of enthusiastic secondary pupils when the new session begins.

“From the engagement we have had already had with schools we know how keen this cohort is to embrace the opportunity and to get started, looking forward to what promises to be a busy and productive new academic year.

“We know how important it is to provide reassurance about the plans for 2020/21 to young people who are so eager to continue on their chosen path. September will be the start of another exciting chapter for School Links pupils and NESCol has everything in place to ensure it will be a rewarding experience.”

Pupils received individual correspondence through their school prior to the summer break and will receive further information specific to their chosen course when they return to school in August. Online induction for School Links pupils is available here and with subtitles here.

For further details on the College plans for the new academic year visit our FAQs, for more on the School Links programme click here or visit our courses section for further information on applying for a full-time place starting in September.