The college recently hosted 36 international delegates as part of a three-day British Council Seminar on enterprise training.
Delegates from Nigeria, Uzbekistan, India, Cuba, USA, Bahamas, Jamaica, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago attended presentations and workshops to discuss the current and global thinking on enterprise and entrepreneurial training in the international skills agenda.
Madeleine Brown (Edinburgh College creative business development executive) and Victoria Pyle (international manager) hosted the group at the Creative Exchange followed by a visit to Granton Campus where they enjoyed a tour of the facilities and a meal at the Apprentice Restaurant. The meal was cooked by students who were being assessed in the kitchen for their menus.
Talking about the delegate visit, Madeleine said: “The British Council delegates had a busy couple of hours with us in which they attended four workshops. Workshop one explained the range of work placements, internships, start-up desks and job opportunities for students, which we have built up since 2013 at the Creative Exchange. Workshop two showcased the integration of enterprise and technical skills in our Edinburgh College BBC Make it Digital training programme which is staffed by a training collective made up of lecturers in employability skills, coding and web design and Creative Exchange trainers in graphic design, digital marketing and short form video. The delegates were enthused by the programme and very keen to take timetables and materials back home with them.
“The case study sessions profiled two of the very successful Creative Exchange businesses: SME Professional (MD Fraser Sutherland) and Starbit (MD Jonathan Stevens). The MDs of both companies presented on the challenges of developing their start-up businesses into successful SMEs with lively Q and A sessions on finding skilled creatives to fill job posts and how the college helps with this, collaborative working and the benefits of being based in the Leith creative hub of the city.”
Andy Hall, skills adviser (policy, education and society) for the British Council said: “The chance to visit the Creative Exchange and meet Madeleine and others involved in it was hugely valuable and the delegates were very enthusiastic about what they saw. I’m really hopeful that by meeting Madeleine and seeing what the college does, the delegates will be better placed to try similar schemes and improve what they do as a result.”
The group also visited City of Glasgow College, Bridge 2 Business and the Prince’s Trust as part of their visit.