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Cumbernauld College embark on partnership was aerial installations firm Campbell & Kennedy

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:51 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD College students could benefit from a new partnership between aerial and satellite dish installations firm, Campbell & Kennedy and their local college, after the partnership was unveiled as part of the Erasmus Programme.

Erasmus is one of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programmes which has been established to promote inter-University co-operation and in particular student mobility. The programme enables higher education students to study or do a work placement for typically three to 12 months in one of 30 other European countries as part of a degree course.

Cumbernauld College – recently awarded a gold award in the Equality and Diversity category at the prestigious Scotland’s Colleges Awards as well as a Gold Investors in People award winning institution - has been involved in the Lifelong learning Programme for more than twelve years and sends more than 100 students on work placement every year, funded by the European Union.

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Commenting, Jim O’Donnell, External Funding Manager at Cumbernauld College said: “These exchange programmes allow young people in Europe to participate in a realistic work experience linked to their learning programme. With the invaluable support from companies such as C&K they are able to enhance both their vocational qualification and employability, as well as learning about the culture of the host country and making new friends”.

Campbell & Kennedy, who provide solar PV installations, electrical contracting services and fire safety equipment installations, say that programme involvement and partnerships are “important”.

Gerry Kennedy, Managing director of Campbell & Kennedy added: “It’s important for companies like ours to get involved in programmes like this. We want to support our local colleges, after all, we want to be taking on the next generation of engineers and want them to have the best training possible.”

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