Scottish partnership means skills exchange with Texas

Scottish partnership means skills exchange with Texas

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, has kicked off a new academic partnership between Scotland and Texas with a visit to the southern US state.

Building on links already established by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, colleges across the pond will work together to exchange skills and best practice for the benefit of their students.

During the visit to the college, Mr Mundell will see innovative courses in motion capture and 3D printing, which could potentially be transported to Scotland. Colleges Scotland, on the back of this, will invite the Chancellor of Dallas Community College District (DCCD) to visit Scotland to better understand how they work with students and employers to build a skilled workforce for the future.

The Secretary of State will also take part in a video link-up with Robert Gordon University and Richland College faculty members. Their existing partnership means that students in Dallas who complete an associate degree can go to the North East of Scotland to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

Mr Mundell said: “Good further education provision can set a student off on a career that will last a lifetime, and gives businesses the skilled young people they need to grow. The partnerships we are establishing today will be of benefit to students in both Scotland and Dallas.

“There is much we can learn from the innovative courses I have seen today. They show us that in an area which has been reliant on oil and gas in the past, such as Dallas, diversification of skills is key.”

Shona Struthers, Chief Executive Colleges Scotland, said: “Colleges across Scotland are developing sustainable relationships with local employers, and remain committed to further developing their portfolio of international activities with other colleges across the globe.”

Mr Mundell’s visit to Dallas and Houston is promoting the skills, expertise and innovation of North Sea oil and gas to investors and stakeholders in the US oil and gas capital of Texas.

Building on the visit last month to Texas by Andy Samuels, Chief Executive of the newly established Oil and Gas Authority, the Secretary of State will say that the UK Government is  determined to do everything it can to help build a bridge to the future for UK oil and gas.