- Programme which targets school pupils gains recognition in global magazine.
Glasgow Kelvin College’s unique Kit Car Programme has been featured recently in The Complete Kit Car magazine, the only global monthly magazine dedicated to the world of kit cars and a touchstone for news on test drives, builds, technical guidance, shows and events.
The article focuses on the College’s trailblazing programme which, now in its second year, provides 14 and 15yr old pupils from Glasgow Schools with practical, hands-on automotive mechanical engineering and build skills at SCQF level 4 in an industry-standard workshop environment.
Run with the support of Glasgow City Council and in partnership with several Glasgow schools including Eastbank Academy, Whitehill Secondary, Springburn Secondary, Bannerman High School, St Mungo’s Academy, St Andrew’s Secondary, Smithycroft Secondary, All Saints Secondary, Lochend Community High School and St Roch’s Secondary to name but a few, the programme allows pupils to attend college two half-days per week where they gain skills in stripping down and building a kit car. In addition, they acquire employability and workplace skills which help them to build their confidence, solve problems and work as a team.
The College’s full time and mainstream Vehicle and Body Paint students have also contributed to the project by working on the shiny and impressive bodywork for the sleek new car.
The programme has already been recognised with an SQA Award and there are plans to continue and develop the content. Essential to the success of the project has been the College team behind the vision and the support of the individual schools involved.
Curriculum Manager for Automotive Engineering, Jim Allan, says;
“Through the College self-evaluation process, we identified the need to have a project for schools which would really grab pupils’ attention, getting them to engage in their learning and improve attainment levels. The best way to achieve that would be in a workshop environment.
Receiving the award was a great recognition of the work that has gone into design and delivery of the programme and the students and our team of tutors are delighted. To see the programme featured in a publication like Complete Kit Car magazine is pretty special for us all.
We certainly plan to repeat the programme as it has been so successful. We have another class at the moment building a little kit car that is fully electrical to race at an event put together by Greenpower. We will be developing the programme further along environmentally friendly and carbon reduction lines and hope that our next full kit car vehicle will be electrically powered. This links in with the College’s Climate Change Action Plan and ensures that students are preparing for the transport of the future.”
The students featured working on the Kit Car are Chloe Allan of St Paul’s High School, Andrew Early and Jason Aw of Bannerman High School.
More information on Complete Kit Car Magazine available at: http://www.performancepublishing.co.uk/stoneleigh-2018-issue-139.html
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