Fourteen of Glasgow Kelvin College’s young learners were delighted last week to be awarded their Arts Award from See Think Make for creative work they’ve undertaken in the last year. The ceremony took place in the splendid St Andrews in the Square in Glasgow city centre, where several of the students had the opportunity to showcase their creative work.
Through the organisation See Think Make, the Arts Award comprises a series of qualifications accredited by Trinity College London that allow young people to grow their leadership and learning skills. It supports them as they compile a portfolio from their own creative projects and helps them reflect on and evaluate their work and performance, either individually or as part of a team.
A fun and flexible way to gain a qualification, this will be a real advantage for these students in the competitive jobs market, especially in the creative industries where a portfolio and experience will give them the edge. It is anticipated that the awards will receive SQA accreditation in the next year.
Each of the students used their work, either studying or volunteering in community organisations, as the basis for their portfolio. From music and performance to a splendid fashion show, the students displayed their creative talents.
See Think Make are a social enterprise organisation in Glasgow who work closely with partners to promote and deliver the Arts Awards. The celebration event in the city saw more than fifty young people, from 8yrs to 25yrs, gaining a Bronze and Silver Arts Award through their work with other community groups. A member of College staff, Sophie Rogers, is the first person in Scotland to receive the Gold Award!
The students who received awards were; Amy Beckett, Darren Jessamine, Declan O’Connor, Rachael Haldane, Andrew Middleton and George Whitton from the Transitions to Learning programme. In addition, Jerome Katende Kasusula (now studying NC Fashion: Design and Manufacture at Glasgow Kelvin College) and Caitlin White from the Youth Access programme received awards.
Several more students were unable to attend the ceremony.
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to have supported the students in this and is keen to develop further its partnership with See Think Make to benefit learners.