Glasgow Colleges’ Partnership Programme Recognised for National Award

  • Innovative consortium approach by Glasgow’s colleges and local Authority partners, shortlisted in Inspiring City Awards 

The team supporting Glasgow’s Foundation Apprenticeship Consortium is among the best in the country – it’s official!

The hard work of Glasgow Kelvin College which is the lead partner, Glasgow Clyde and City of Glasgow colleges has been shortlisted at this years prestigious Inspiring City – People Make Glasgow 2017 Awards for the efforts of the Foundation Apprenticeship Team.

The awards, organised by The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, recognise the new generation of citizens who are making a tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic climate of Glasgow.

As an excellent endorsement of the benefits of partnership working, the very successful Glasgow Foundation Apprenticeship Team has been shortlisted in the Industry and Young People Innovation Award category.

The exciting Foundation Apprenticeship Programme runs as a partnership between all three Glasgow Regional colleges (Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Clyde and City of Glasgow) and the three local authorities of Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.

The Foundation Apprenticeship is a two-year programme aimed at senior schools pupils which provides college and workplace based learning and qualifications in a wide range of vocational skills whilst the young people are still attending school.  This means that when they are ready to leave school they have a wider grasp of workplace skills, a more realistic approach to their chosen skill area, improved confidence and level 3 or 4 qualifications which can propel them straight onto HNC level learning or into a formal apprenticeship.

Key to the success of the programme has been the development of close links with both schools and employers whose input to the experience has been crucial.  In addition, the Team have worked productively with Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow.  The programme has developed further in the last year with more vocational areas added and the Team expects around 250 young people to benefit from the programmes consortium approach in 2017/18.

Foundation Apprenticeships have been developed by Skills Development Scotland, with support from the European Social Fund.

Diane Greenlees, Head of Foundation and Graduate level Apprenticeships at Skills Development Scotland, said;

“The Glasgow Colleges have been forward thinking in their adoption of a regional approach to the Foundation Apprenticeship offer.  This has ensured that delivery is coordinated across the city and has enabled a collective presentation to schools and other partners.  We look forward to further strong partnership working as we seek to expand and embed Foundation Apprenticeships across Scotland.”

Foundation Apprenticeship Project Manager, Frank Quinn, added;

“Our programme opens up opportunities for young people and for employers.  Our Apprentices gain industry-relevant qualifications and personal skills which will give them the edge in a competitive market when they move on from school.  Added to this, employers find that their own workforce benefits from supporting and mentoring these young apprentices. Forming close relationships with local authority schools and employers has been key to the development of this trailblazing programme and we are looking forward to adding more opportunities in a wider range of skills areas in the coming year.

Being shortlisted for this prestigious Award is a true endorsement of the hard work of the team, the colleges and our partners in the consortium.”

Robin Ashton, Executive Director of Glasgow Colleges Regional Board, said;

“The success of these Foundation Apprenticeships illustrates the potential benefits of a regional approach to college learning.  Acting collectively, the three colleges have been able to offer more choice to learners and give them the foundation they need to build successful lives in the College Region.  By working in unison across colleges and employers, we are also able to better support our own staff to develop their skills so that the curriculum we offer provides better support for industry.”

The shortlisting for this prestigious award is not only a celebration of the impact of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, but also a recognition of the huge strides which have been made through collaborative and constructive partnership working.

The Awards ceremony will take place in September at the Doubletree Hilton in Glasgow.