Community Learning, Apprenticeships and Other Triumphs!

The Spring Break has come around already and you can spend the next two weeks relaxing.  While you are all off it will be quiet here, but we will keep you up to date as to what’s happening.

In the meantime, here’s what has been going on this week.


More Success for Community Learners

Thenue0316A further six successful Learning Works students received their certificates this week, completing the 10 week programme which is supported through our partnership with Thenue Housing and Clyde Gateway.

This was the first Learning Works programme to run in Toryglen and proud family and friends attended the presentation ceremony to cheer on the successful learners who also received a Community Achievement Award from GKC as well as the Pacific Institute certificate.

The programme targets unemployed residents and, with much of the tutoring provided by GKC, supports them to gain skills in a range of personal development and vocational areas.  As well as gaining certificates in First Aid and REHIS, learners gain a real boost to their confidence and self-esteem which powers them onto making the next step in their lives.  From the Toryglen group, two are already moving into employment and a further two have been accepted onto the NQ in Business here at GKC.

Tracey Lennon, the Programme Co-ordinator with Thenue, works closely with each individual learner to support them through the programme and her role is key to them sustaining and achieving their goals.

The delighted students are pictured here with staff from the College, Thenue Housing and Clyde Gateway.  Congratulations to each of them and we wish them every success for the future!


Fashion Students Visit Riga 

Kay Muir and Elaine Carswell are currently on a visit to Liepaja, Latvia with 4 HND 1 Fashion Students.

It is an Erasmus exchange programme to visit Liepaja Secondary Art School. Kay and Elaine will have a short visit but the students are staying for 2 weeks and will be working with leather and textile departments and will be lucky enough to make some cultural trips. 


Foundation Apprenticeships Contract Signed

It’s official! The regional colleges’ foundation apprenticeship project, led by Glasgow Kelvin College, is now up and running, with the contract signed earlier this week. We can now confirm that the total contract value over 2 years is £807,611, equating to 136 places for young people. It’s possible that this will rise as we are still waiting to hear if the bids for Engineering and Business Skills have been successful.

The real work now starts. An entire team has to be recruited to run the programme and schools across three local authority areas engaged to ensure that the opportunities are available for pupils to start in August. At the moment, this is being undertaken by Glasgow Kelvin’s commercial team but, as the new team is recruited, the baton will be handed to them to take things forward. 


Football Triumph

The College football team coached by Drew Todd have finished the regular season as league champions cruising to the title by a comfortable margin. 

The Double is still on as the squad are also in the cup semi-finals so more silverware could be making its way to the College.


Creative Careers Day 

The Creative and Digital industries Faculty will welcomed representatives from Glasgow Youth Arts Hub on Thursday 31 March 2016 at Easterhouse Campus.

The GYAH event hosted exhibitions from various colleges and partners and the pupils that attended had the opportunity to visit the following workshops that took place throughout the day.

  • Big Draw Activity ( CoG)
  • Sound production (GKC)
  • Music ( RCS)
  • Photography (CoG)
  • Drama (RCS)
  • Screen printing



Bringing Mindfulness into My Life 

mindfulnessGeorge Gillen, will be facilitating a short series of introductory Mindfulness techniques. The sessions will start on Wednesday 20th April and will run for seven weeks (excluding holidays). It will take place from 17.00-18.00 in Springburn in room 317.

Numbers will be limited to 15 and it is expected that participants will attend nearly every session.

If you are interested or would just like to find out more, please email George at

Comments from recent courses:

“It has made me look at things around me more and take time to be calm, relaxed and appreciative”


“Mindfulness has allowed me to be a much calmer person and allows me to stop and think about situations before responding and reacting”.


“I’m noticing I’m prioritising more and can differentiate what’s important to me easier”.


Our House

our houseGlasgow Kelvin College Musical Theatre students will be performing the well-known play ‘Our House’ by Tim Firth with the Music and lyrics by Madness. 

The play, explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us. 

The shows will take place at the following times at Platform based in our Easterhouse Campus. Please

contact the ticket office to get your tickets – don’t forget to ask for a discount with your GKC ID. 

  • Wednesday May 4th – 7pm
  • Thursday May 5th – 1.30pm and 7pm
  • Friday May 6th – 7pm

Tickets £8, £4.50 (£3.50 with GKC ID) 


Give Rugby a Try

rugbyRyan Jenkins would like to invite students to take part in some rugby training – no charge just a willingness to train and learn the sport.

If you have students who are free on a Wednesday afternoon please encourage them to take part in this FREE training at the West of Scotland Rugby club. Transport is also provided.

Contact Ryan Jenkins for further information


Dr Bike

Dr Bike can give you and your families’ bikes a service for minor problems and can diagnose any major issues.  Take the opportunity to ensure that your bike is road worthy for the summer by visiting one of the following FREE Bike Check surgeries

  • Tuesday 5 April, 2pm – 4.30pm at Fuse Youth Café
  • Thursday 14 April, 1pm – 4pm at Wallacewell Community Fellowship 
  • Thursday 14 April, 2pm – 4.30pm at the Pavillion Youth Café.


Embracing Diversity Competition

Glasgow Kelvin College is proud of its diverse culture and we want our students to share their experiences.

So if you have some spare time during the Spring Break why not put in an entry for the Embracing Diversity Competition?

We want you to use your creativity to embrace diversity click here to find out more about the competition. The deadline is the 29 April 2016 so you have some time to get involved.

Please find the entry forms below – come on take part in the competition!! You can’t win if you are not taking part!


You are encouraged to submit an online form, or a print of a form. Paper should be forwarded to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Easterhouse campus, Room T09.

ED Competition Online Form

ED Competition Form to print


Well that’s everything for this week, but we will be back next Friday.  Enjoy your break!!

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