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Halo and college sign MoU

Partnership poised to build digital workforce

Heather Dunk and Marie Macklin

Heather Dunk and Marie Macklin: partnership


A regeneration scheme and a local college have signed a partnership to help develop the next generation of digitally skilled workers.

The The HALO, Kilmarnock on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, and its neighbour, Ayrshire College, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in support of  an Enterprise and Innovation Centre.

It s is the second of two key educational partnerships for The HALO which is also working with the University of the West of Scotland. 

Part of the HEIC will be an experiential learning space designed and equipped for the digital age. The Centre will house spin-out and start-up businesses within the new well-connected town centre offices which are due for completion in summer 2019.

The HEIC will be part of a national and international network of Government and industry-inspired cyber centres making Scotland a leader in digital knowledge and understanding.

The partnership also aims to explore and promote new approaches to stimulating self-discovery, self-motivation and self-confidence, particularly among young people, in the communities served by the college.

Marie Macklin, who is leading The HALO initiative, said: “Together we are aiming to create a unique environment and a range of learning experiences for people of all ages and abilities making Ayrshire one of the most digitally-aware, digitally-skilled areas in Scotland. 

“This will increase employment opportunities and will help to make Ayrshire and Scotland an informed, prepared and safe place for business, and promote inclusive growth.”

Heather Dunk, principal and chief executive of Ayrshire College, said: “We look forward to developing ideas for the digital hub and using HALO to stimulate enterprise and innovation opportunities for our students.”



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