Motherwell College Showcase for Excellence: College Credit Union Motherwell College is one of the first colleges in the UK to host a student credit union for its learners. Following a college-wide money advice project which advised learners on topics such as money and debt advice, credit ratings, interest rates, the importance of savings and handling debt, college staff recognised that providing direct methods of supporting financial sustainability would greatly benefit learners. The college-based credit union was launched in January 2008 as a result of a close working relationship between a local credit union, college staff and learners on the HNC Accounting programme. The new location of the college campus, has placed it outwith the boundaries of the original credit union and has necessitated a change to another one based in Glasgow. The provision of a credit union service within the college means that learners and staff are able to save in an organisation that supports the reduction of debt and promotes good financial management. The service has been well received and well used by learners. The college has also capitalised on this helpful service by using it to provide HNC Accounting learners with work experience. They are encouraged to volunteer both in college and in the host credit union offices. They operate the savings point once a week, and in doing so gain valuable skills in sensitive communication with customers, in citizenship and in employability. Many have also been involved with designing promotional material and one learner has been employed by the host organisation.