Doctor Alasdair Allan MSP (centre), Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, presented Scotland’s first ever Adult Achievement Awards at Newbattle Abbey College recently.
The two recipients, Ian Tracey (51) and Paul Crookston (22), are involved in a rural skills programme, run in partnership with Newbattle Abbey College and Midlothian Council Social Work Department.
Both students plan to progress to the full-time preparation for FE course and the full-time National Certificate in rural skills at Newbattle Abbey. Dr Allan said: “I’ve followed the piloting of the awards with great interest, so I am delighted to be presenting certificates to the first achievers. The new awards are all about creating opportunities and changing lives.” Marian Docherty, depute principal at Newbattle Abbey College, added: “We are delighted that Midlothian learners involved in the rural skills programme are the first in Scotland to achieve the award at SCQF level 3 – and that they plan to continue studying at Newbattle.”