Dumfries and Galloway College Shortlisted for Star Award  

College Shortlisted Star Award  

Dumfries and Galloway College has been shortlisted for an SQA Star Award.


The South of Scotland College has been nominated, alongside The Usual Place in Dumfries, in the Partnership of the Year category.


Awarded for outstanding achievements in education, the SQA Star Awards recognise the contributions made by individuals, schools, colleges, employers, and training providers make towards helping students achieve SQA qualifications.


Tony Budde, Chef and Assessor at Dumfries and Galloway College, has been working with The Usual Place, a community café which offers opportunities to people with additional support needs, for the past three years.


The well-respected chef has delivered SVQ training to young people working at the café in subjects such as professional cookery, retail services, hospitality services, and facilities services.


Completing an SVQ qualification via the partnership allows the students from The Usual Place to move on to employment, apprenticeships, or mainstream further education with their skills, experience, and self-confidence enhanced.


The partnership between Dumfries and Galloway College and The Usual Place represents the college’s continued commitment to working with the local community and to ensuring that it has the skills, qualifications, and talents it needs to thrive.


The SQA Awards Ceremony takes place in Glasgow on 15 November.


Dumfries and Galloway College Principal, Joanna Campbell, said:


“We are delighted to be nominated for an SQA Award for our work with The Usual Place.

“The partnership we have been involved in with them has been highly beneficial for our students and our college as a whole.”
“Our college is proud to be part of this continuing relationship and we will all have our fingers crossed ahead of November’s awards ceremony.”