We are rapidly heading towards the last part of the academic year and a lot of projects and activities are coming to an end, all of which have been very successful and show a high level of talent and skill amongst out students.
Find out what has been happening by reading on.
Foundation Apprenticeship Celebration
More than 182 pupils, representing schools across seven local authorities including the partnership of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, were recognised at a special celebration event to mark the completion of their Foundation Apprenticeships.
The talented youngsters chose to take a one or two-year Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject alongside their Highers or Nationals to gain an industry recognised work-based learning qualification.
Developed by Skills Development Scotland, Foundation Apprenticeships offer pupils vocational and personal development skills learning at college and a hands-on work experience with an employer leading to a qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher.
The celebration event, which took place in Glasgow City Chambers, was organised by Glasgow Regional Consortium, which represents the three local authorities; Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, and East Renfrewshire councils and all three colleges in Glasgow; Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College.
The school pupils gained industry-recognised qualifications across all skills frameworks involved in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme which includes the STEM subjects, ICT, Business, Creative Industries and Healthcare sectors. The programme forms part of their senior phase subject choices and allows them to attend college whilst still attending school.
Employers of all sizes based in the area, such as McTaggarts, Scottish Enterprise, Dell, DF Concerts and NHS, offer Foundation Apprentices the chance to gain valuable work experience and skills within their company as an integral part of gaining their Foundation Apprenticeship qualification.
Opening Of Zen Garden At GKC
The Volunteering Award Level 3 (Springburn campus) group led by Ian McIlroy have had an excellent year.
In March the group worked with The Orchard Project to help plant an orchard as part of a College wide event.
Throughout the year in conjunction with Grow Wild, RSPB and LambHill Stables they have transformed the Singing Garden by growing various vegetables and herbs, which will eventually be going to a foodbank.
Also, working with CanDo, they have finished in June the College Zen Garden. This is an excellent place for relaxation for staff and students.
Well done Volunteers!
Russian Exchange Students Visit GKC
This week we were pleased to welcome our exchange students from Don State Technical University in Rostov on Don. The six students, Ilia, Nikita, Igor, Anastasiia, Irakilii and Mariia are studying Civil Engineering and Real Estate Management and Expertise. The first week of their programme included site visits to the Sighthill Regeneration Project courtesy of Morgan Sindall Engineers and a tour of the Pinkston Basin given by Peter Robinson of Scottish Canals to see the work going on there. They have also gone on some cultural visits including a visit to the capital where it rained … a lot, but this did not seem to dampen their spirits. For the second week of their stay they are stationed with UWS in Paisley who have put together a similar programme of cultural and educational visits. The real hard work of their trip will come in the third week when they will join our HND Civil Engineering students out at Constructionarium in Bathgate where they will take part in a live build to work together to build a scaled down model of a Kingsgate Bridge, hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder to them.
Five of our Civil Engineering students, and two degree students from UWS, will make the trip out to Russia in late August to take part in the 3 week long international summer school in Rostov. This year the project brief will see the students looking at ideas for the regeneration of the area left vacant when Rostov’s airport was moved to outside the city. The emphasis will be on using energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy sources.
Donation Of Plant And Test Equipment
Service & Maintenance staff would like to extend special thanks to John Madden of Pump Action and David Muir of DAB Pumps for the kind donations of pumps and motors to assist in our apprenticeship programme. Both parties have also been involved in delivering technical seminars to students to further embellish their knowledge and understanding of the subject areas.
John and David are pictured below with a number of current Service and Maintenance apprentices.
Staff would further like to extend additional thanks to the Richard Irvin Group and ALBA Facilities for their kind donation of plant and test equipment, which is greatly appreciated.
SkillFridge Regional Heats
Glasgow Kelvin College were delighted to have been chosen to host the 2019 Worldskills Skillfridge Regional competition at our Springburn campus on Wednesday 29th May. The entrants Alex Johnson, Joshua Collins and Ross Brogan are currently attending their final year in the SVQ Level 3 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning here at GKC. All three students should be proud of their achievement in being selected for the competition and the effort shown on the day despite the pressure!
Present on the day along with the students was of course the panel of judges lead by Mark Forsyth from Worldskills Skillfridge, Graeme Fox (Head of REFCOM) and Liam Dean (KB Refrigeration...and former GKC student!). In attendance during the day were BESA representatives and their associates from industry. Deborah Sands from BESA deserves special recognition in ensuring the day all went to plan.
We wish all the best for our students in this competition and hope the experience in participation compliments their learning and training experience during their time at GKC
Principal, Alan Sherry, Receives Lord Provost’s Award
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to announce Principal, Alan Sherry, has received a Lord Provost’s Award for Education.
The Lord Provost’s Awards honour men and women who help make Glasgow a better place to live and work.
Mr Sherry has devoted his 36-year career to working across community learning and development, as well as the further education sector in Glasgow.
A founding member of the former John Wheatley College in the city’s East End, he successfully oversaw its merger with Stow College and North Glasgow College to create Glasgow Kelvin College back in 2013.
Under his stewardship, Glasgow Kelvin College has flourished, consistently focusing its resources and expertise in the areas and communities where need is greatest, striving for excellence for all its learners.
Alan is a lifetime champion of community engagement and widening access to education. He believes that, for economic growth to be wholly inclusive and across the board, no community can be left behind.
Read the full story HERE.
French Students Arrive at GKC
Glasgow Kelvin College is hosting five computer science students from the Lycée Victor Hugo in Marseille for eight weeks. During their time here they will be working on software development projects as follows:
- A rental system for college bicycles
- A materials purchasing system for jewellery students and
- An online auction of unneeded equipment.
They will be with us until the middle of July and they already speak excellent English. If you bump into them, then maybe you could teach them a few words from the local patois to supplement their vocabulary.
HND Photography Exhibition
Our HND Photography students are having an exhibition of their work.
This will be held on the 13th of June 2019 from 6.00 to 11.00 pm.
The exhibition will be on display at B.A.a.D, 54 Calton Entry G40 2SB.
Go along and have a look at the fantastic pieces the students have produced this year.
That's us finished for this week.
Remember our final Blog of this academic year will be on the 14th of June (next week), so if you would like included please email the details to Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will makes sure it is put in
Have a great weekend.