Glasgow Kelvin College’s partnership programme with innovative Rebel Rebel and Made – Academy of Modern Barbering is now receiving international coverage.
The Erasmus+ exchange visit with students from Nuremburg included students from the Berufsschule 5 and the local press carried a fabulous article on their experience of their sojourn to Glasgow – a translation below (courtesy of the talented linguists in our Secretariat!)
It’s great to get this kind of feedback to help us assess the positive impact of the transnational exchange programmes. We certainly enjoyed having them here to work with our students and look forward to continuing our links with Nuremberg!
The article reads:
Perfect Placement in Glasgow
Hairdresser trainees spent 2 weeks in Glasgow through the Erasmus Program
Gaining experience and training with the support of the Erasmus Program was a great opportunity for the 3 young trainees from the Hairdressing School in Nuremberg, who took part in a 2-week training course in Glasgow.
They were accompanied by a professional supervisor, Tanja Knöchlein. For two years there has been a fruitful partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College and the Hairdressing and Beauty School in Nuremberg. Experts say that international experience is of great importance in this profession and creating opportunities for young professionals through training programs with other countries is a remarkable opportunity to learn and improve.
The two weeks spent in Glasgow were eventful for the three trainees.
They worked in various places - for example in the "Rebel Rebel" in Glasgow, in the salon of Glasgow Kelvin College as well as in "Made - The Academy for Modern Barbering" in Glasgow. To mark the 10-year-anniversary of the partnership between the Fashion School and Glasgow Kelvin College, they presented a Fashion show event which took place in the Kelvingrove Museum.
Was communication easy?
It was a big challenge for the young trainees. There were doubts as to whether their English was sufficient and they could manage to grasp the ‘famous Glaswegian dialect’, which might be challenging to a foreign ear. But those concerns were soon overcome thanks to the cordiality of the College.
The support of the Scottish community and colleagues helped them overcome language barriers. "The partnership with the Scots worked very well, students were able to get to know the latest hairdressing/beauty trends and techniques through this opportunity” said Tanja Knöchlein. In addition, the youngsters learned a great deal about the Scottish culture and gained insights into the professional world and way of life in this country. This has left a long-lasting positive experience for the young professional.
Prospects through these training programs offer better practical experience for young professionals therefore it’s hoped there will be further openings for future professional development in France and Finland.