Media Release: Stevenson College Edinburgh puts young people on the right track

STEVENSON College Edinburgh is doing its bit to help young people access employment opportunities by providing appropriate courses to develop the skills required for the local job market.

The college has a range of courses beginning in January, a selection of which aim to combat the rising unemployment figures among those aged between 16 to 24 years-old.

Begins a spokesperson: “This comes at a time when employment for many young people remains uncertain with recent statistics showing that more than one million 16-24 year-olds are out of work throughout Britain – the highest level since records began in 1992.”

January courses include the highly regarded Prince’s Trust programme – a 12-week course which supports young, unemployed people aged 16 to 25, many of whom have left school without qualifications. The practical course assists with finding work, education or training opportunities for participants.

For young people wanting to enter Creative Industries such as film making or producing, the college’s Fast Forward programme is an innovative hands-on entry-level course which is perfect for those looking to secure further study in August in this highly competitive area.

Stevenson College Edinburgh also has a host of introductory and National Qualification (NQ) courses on offer which are designed to ease students back in to education.

Courses such as the college preparation course are designed to help young people who have been out of education for up to three years, to return to study by trying different subjects in a supported environment.

Alternatively, NQ’s, such as the Television and Broadcast Media and Business courses, focus on introducing students to specific professional and vocational areas with the aim of building their skills and knowledge for study at a higher level in August, ultimately developing their opportunities for employment.

Principal Brian Lister OBE, said: “Stevenson College Edinburgh is dedicated to ensuring that the young people of today are properly prepared for the world of work.

“Programmes such as the Prince’s Trust 12-week course and our introductory level courses aim to tackle the barriers to employment by engaging with those who may have left school with little or no qualifications.

“All our entry level courses are designed to develop students’ confidence, motivation and work skills, with full support provided by our tutors and Student Support team.

“Many courses also offer valuable work placements, which along with what they learn in the classroom will provide them with the skill set required when applying for jobs, training or further study.”

For a full list of courses starting in January please visit the college website:


Notes to editors:

  1. Based in the west of Edinburgh, Stevenson College Edinburgh is one of the largest further education colleges in Scotland with around 16,000 students enrolling each year.
  2. Stevenson College Edinburgh offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to HNDs (Higher National Diplomas), Degree Foundation and Degree qualifications in music and photography.

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