Glasgow Kelvin College Springburn Campus played host to the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham MSP and Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing MSP earlier this week.
During their visit to the College’s modern Engineering and Building Services facilities they had the opportunity to meet with a large group of school pupils from across local authority areas – Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire – who already attend college as part of their school timetable. These young people have the chance to learn a wide range of vocational and employability skills and experience college life for two half days per week and, for many, it is a step towards either a full-time college programme or employment on leaving school.
The official party went on to meet some apprentices who had come through the College ‘Skills for Work’ and ‘Senior Phase programme’ and were now employed by local companies while continuing their block release training at Glasgow Kelvin.
During the visit, Ms Cunningham took the opportunity to launch the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy, which is a response to the Wood Commission’s ‘Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce’ report. The Strategy aims to cut youth unemployment by 40% in the next seven years and the government is making £6.5m available throughout Scotland to help improve vocational education.
After meeting the enthusiastic young learners at the College, she said;
“..the Scottish government’s commitment to supporting more young people towards high quality jobs remains unwavering.
The Youth Employment Strategy being published today outlines what we plan to do to equip our young people with the skills and knowledge they need from the early years right through to the senior phase and into an apprenticeship, further and higher education, and a job.”
Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, Alan Sherry, welcomed the announcement.
“The College already has a strong reputation in delivering vocational and employability skills to school-age learners, supporting them as they take key decisions on their future progression. Many of these students flourish at college and have gone on to complete apprenticeships, working with local companies and winning industry awards. The College also has strong links with industry which enhance their opportunities for employment.
We are delighted at the government’s plans to support development and expansion of initiatives such as these and we look forward to growing our partnerships, improving our strengths and helping create more opportunities for our young people.”