Edinburgh College Development Trust is an independent charity which supports Edinburgh College students by providing enhanced opportunities and experiences through partnership working and provision of funding. supports students in extra ways that Edinburgh College is unable to, to achieve the brighter futures that students want. We offer grants and student scholarships to individual students, to groups of students via lecturing staff, and fund projects.
The Development Trust supports projects that improve the future employability of students, helps them to develop life skills, and promotes supports positive mental well-being so that students can maximise their time at Edinburgh College to improve their future life chances and achieve the future that they want.
People studying at Edinburgh College, mainly from Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, can struggle against lack of confidence, isolation, poor mental well-being, and challenging backgrounds. Some students simply did not get on in mainstream school or come from backgrounds where further study, or indeed, work, is not the norm. They can find it difficult to make the most of their time at college, and some will drop out. Almost 10% of students come from the 10% most deprived areas in Scotland, nearly 16% have a disability and nearly 5% are care givers to someone else. Large numbers of people in the local area don’t have qualifications to match the available jobs. Almost 40% of working age population are not qualified to SCQF level 5 (roughly O-Grade level) including 20% of those aged 16-24.
In short, we simply aim to support brighter futures.
Edinburgh College Development Trust is a Scottish Charity, SC044657