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College receives top achievement

Published: 3 Dec 2012 10:300 comments

FORTH Valley College has become the first learning organisation in Scotland to achieve STEM assured status.

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The importance of STEM training for future local and national economic success was high on the agenda at a recent event to celebrate the achievement.

It was an opportunity for college partners and local government representatives, including Angus MacDonald MSP, to find out more about this prestigious industry-led quality mark which recognises excellence in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) provision within the Further Education Sector.

The accreditation is awarded by NEF: The Innovation Institute and particularly focuses on an interdisciplinary approach and meeting the needs of industry.

Linda McKay, Principal for Forth Valley College said, "We are delighted to formally mark our achievement of becoming the first learning organisation in Scotland to achieve STEM Assured status.

"The STEM assurance award, providing external endorsement of the quality of work that is done in these key disciplines at Forth Valley College, is a significant achievement and one that makes us all very proud. The skills in science and technology are critical to the future growth and success of the Scottish economy and Forth Valley College is committed to continuing to play it's part in supporting these key sectors, locally and nationally. Over 20 per cent of our courses are in this key area and therefore maintaining the highest standards recognised by industry is the best route to employment and success also for our learners."

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