18 March 2014
Making sure students are on the right courses
at the right time is a key benefit of information sharing,
according to Edinburgh College.
There are around 26,000 students at Edinburgh College, and being
able to support them more effectively from an earlier stage in
their learning journey is at the heart of its plans to develop
existing partner links.
Donald Calder, group training manager at the college, explains:
"We are keen to expand our data-sharing capabilities with Skills
Development Scotland and other partners to ensure that all students
are aware of the opportunities available to them."
Mr Calder believes one of the main benefits will be the ability
to streamline processes and reduce time collating information. He
says: "Students come to us through a variety of routes - Job Centre
Plus referrals, through careers advisors and so on, and if we don't
know too much about them beforehand it can be a lengthy
"Data sharing will allow us to make sure we have all the
information we need at the start of the process, enabling us to get
the right candidate for the right course at the right time."
Mr Calder adds: "It will also help us at the other end, enabling
us to provide better outcomes for our students, and making sure
there are no gaps in between."