“Exciting year” for college

ANGUS College principal John Burt is anticipating an “exciting year ahead” as the college goes forward in furthering its own and students’ ambitions.

In his welcome back address to staff on Tuesday, Mr Burt reflected on the college’s most successful year to date which saw the provision of the highest level of public value in Scotland and record levels of full-time opportunities, especially for younger students.

He reported that last year 61 per cent of all enrolled full-time learners were in the 16 to 19 age group, 13 per cent above the Scottish average. The number of school leavers entering the college was also recorded at 37 per cent above the national average.

Last year also saw the college achieve a number of recognitions and national awards including the Scotland’s Colleges awards for National Volunteering, Professional Learning and Enhancement and Marketing.

Students were also praised by Mr Burt for their successes which included Skillbuild awards for the best students in Scotland in joinery, painting and decorating and roofing and a National Union of Students Award for the Best Student Campaign.

Mr Burt also took the time in his speech to acknowledge the success of the Angus Centre for Enterprise which opened its doors last year to support new businesses and business development across Angus.

Looking forward to the coming year, Mr Burt spoke of the new era for Scottish colleges, the importance of working towards regionalisation and working even more closely with Dundee College in a positive way. He also acknowledged the continued support of the college’s internal and external partners as it strives to reach its goals.

He said: “Angus College is continuing to go from strength to strength. I am delighted the past year has proven to be our most successful year to date but we are approaching a new era and our over-riding aim is to build on our strengths and deliver the best service to our communities.

“We will continue to improve lives by realising our aspirations and by achieving excellence in learning, facilities and leadership. We look to the future with ambition in our eyes.”