Martin Whitfield MSP has welcomed Big College Open Week when Scotland’s colleges will be showcasing all they have to offer.

A host of exciting activities are taking place throughout the country during the week (27 to 31 March). Organised by the College Development Network (CDN) Marketing and Communications Network, the purpose of the week is to demonstrate all that colleges offer – including the wide range of learning pathways and options open to students.

Studying at college is the best way to start, change or develop a new career right on your doorstep. By coming together, Scotland’s colleges will show how they are the right choice for anyone who wants to start or change their careers.  They will also demonstrate what they can offer businesses looking to develop their workforce.

During the week colleges will be offering taster sessions, tours and the chance to meet course tutors.  Members of Students’ Associations will also be on hand to talk about clubs, societies and support. There are taster days and open evenings, as well as short talks on careers, the library and admissions.

Welcoming the week, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“Scotland’s colleges provide vital opportunities for individuals to enhance their skills, qualifications and employability. They’re also essential to employers and wider Scottish society to help develop the skilled workforce our economy needs.

“I welcome this first Big College Open Week and encourage anyone who wants to find out more about what our colleges have to offer to take advantage of the range of events and activities and find out if college is for them.”

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN, said:

“We are really excited to be launching the very first Big College Open Week. It’s all part of the Choose College campaign and aims to highlight the incredible opportunities colleges offer. The week will showcase the support and expertise that has helped countless pupils, school leavers, career changers, career developers, employers, graduates and apprentices to take the next steps in their journey.

“We want to get the message out to parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, mature students and school pupils that college is so much more than a course. It offers pathways, experiences and qualifications that lead to real careers and future success.”

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