Glasgow Kelvin College and Young Enterprise Scotland, are thrilled to have won the coveted Skills Development award at the annual CDN Awards which took place recently.
With a history of working in close partnership with other organisations to create positive opportunities for the young people of Scotland, the College sees the award as an affirmation of their role as a community partner, an enabler and a centre of excellence for digital inclusion.
A long time partner of Young Enterprise Scotland (YE Scotland), the College worked with them and the SCQF to ensure the accreditation of awards made to young people through the successful YE Scotland Company Programme which works with school pupils to encourage enterprise skills and resilience.
Each year, the programme delivers success for more than 500 young people, introducing them to the business and meta-skills which are essential for young entrepreneurs and employees alike. Introducing them to the concept of ‘Business Start-up’, the young people learn about product development, market research and sales promotion.
To develop the programme, the College worked with YE Scotland and SCQF staff to align the students’ learning achievements with the qualifications framework. Supported by the College ICT team, the young people participating in the programme were able digitally to work towards recognised qualifications to enhance their industrial and commercial experience.
The CDN Awards are held each year to celebrate the significant work of college staff across Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin was thrilled to be shortlisted from the 150 excellent submissions which CDN received this year. The College was delighted to be nominated in such an important category of the CDN Awards and to be one of several very worthy candidates up for the Skills Development Award.
The Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony in the Raddison Blu, Glasgow, and there to collect the award on behalf of the partnership were Marie Woods on behalf of Glasgow Kelvin College and Fraser Morrison, Company Programmes & Digital Delivery Manager with Young Enterprise Scotland. Celebrating with them was Robin Ashton, Vice Principal for Curriculum at Glasgow Kelvin College. Robin said;
“This is a fabulous accolade for the College, for Young Enterprise Scotland, for the SCQF and for the large team of staff whose hard work has made such an impact on our young people. The importance of partnership can’t be underestimated and we are thrilled to be part of such a successful and groundbreaking initiative. Our thanks go to College Development Network and to all colleagues who contribute so much to making the sector an innovative and effective service.”
Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Scotland, Geoff Leask, said;
“Enterprise skills are key to all, not just those who at some point want to start a business. That is why this award recognition goes a long way to enhance the parity of esteem for enterprise skills and gives them the rightful recognition they deserve.”
Group pic: (l to r): Fraser Morrison, YE Scotland; John Clarke, Senior Curriculum Manager, Glasgow Kelvin College; Jeanette Evans, Vice Principal – Operations, Glasgow Kelvin College; Robin Ashton, Vice Principal – Curriculum, Glasgow Kelvin College; and Steve Shand, Digital Development Manager, Glasgow Kelvin College)