Starting, Gathering and Creating!

February already, and the new month sees lots of new activities and projects taking place.

So continue reading to see what we have been up  to.


ESOL Burns

ESOL students at Springburn and East End celebrated Burns on Friday the 27th of January.  They listened to the address to the Haggis, did a Burns quiz (Can you answer the quiz tie breaker:  How old was Robert Burns when he died?  The Irn Bru team were the winners!) and sang Auld Lang Syne.  Students at East End had a special visit from a piper.

East End students had a taste of vegetarian haggis and took part in the Gay Gordons. Festivities were rounded off with Auld Lang Syne.


New Year, New Start

The new Get into Admin & Business (January) group started last week.

19 students from a variety of backgrounds – some have progressed from a taster course at Glasgow Clyde College, some have been doing work in the FLU and have progressed with us and some are directly from school.

The course is designed to give students a solid background in Administration & Business with the aim of them moving onto an HN course in August.


Vehicle Engineering Team Gather Parts

gkc-vehicle-plantVehicle Plant and Machinery Tutor Iain Ferguson visited Volvo to speak to an old colleague and was very kindly offered the engine as a training aid for the college.

Iain also visited National Transmission of Kilmarnock and secured a very kind donation of a commercial gearbox for the college. The GKC Vehicle Paint shop full time students painted the training aids with lecturer Alex Norwood.

Iain has arranged a visit to Nationwide Transmission for the Vehicle Plant students to see gearboxes being built by the experts.


Not Just Engines …

gkc-vehicle-plant-2Our Motor Vehicle Engineering team are delighted at additional resources which have been donated from suppliers, most significantly U-pol whose support for our learners has been tremendous.

Tutors Alex Norwood and Robert Murray have used their strong working relationships with suppliers and partners to request any freebies or ‘seconds’ (damaged packaging) and they have come up trumps with an impressive gift of industry standard parts for use on the course.  This is a great benefit to our students and our thanks go to everyone for their support for our Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Plant Operations students.

Much appreciated!


Planter Project

planter-projectOne of our groups Youthstart, has been working on a project in the joinery area in the construction department, in the East End campus.

The project was to produce planters for the herb garden for the catering department, each section of the train can contain different herbs.

I’m sure you will agree it looks great.


Great Recognition for John at SkillFridge 2016

skillfridgejtactionaCongratulations go to Glasgow Kelvin College third year Refrigeration Apprentice, John Thompson from Dundee, who carried off the bronze medal at this year’s national SkillFRIDGE competition.

At the Regional sections in Northern Ireland, John came first in a field of 22 apprentices and immediately qualified for the national finals.  Both he and Chad Meechan from Glasgow Kelvin, who was placed 4th in the Regionals, travelled to NEC in Birmingham for the big event in November.

The competition, sponsored by Toshiba, Aspen Pumps and Dean & Wood, was held as part of the HVAC and Refrigeration Show and all six finalists – 2 from SERC in Northern Ireland and 2 from Eastleigh College in Southampton – were put through their paces over three demanding days.  John was delighted to be awarded the bronze medal in recognition of his skills.

For more on this story, visit our News page.


See in 3D

HND 1 Art students were asked to look at Cubism and create sculptures from card, imagining what they think the paintings would look like translated into 3D.

These are currently on show at West campus.


Glasgow Kelvin’s Pattern of Success in India

Staff from Glasgow Kelvin College and Renfrewshire Council recently visited India to continue the College’s highly successful fashion and design partnership. Funded by the Scottish Government, this trip involved meeting with the College’s current partner, the Government Polytechnic for Women in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and senior state education ministers. Further meetings were held with the British Council in Delhi.

The iconic Paisley Pattern design featured heavily in the College’s earlier work with the Government Polytechnic and in the successful fashion show held in Paisley Abbey. Such is the level of interest in the Pattern in India that the College invited Renfrewshire Council to be part of the partnership as it moves forward. The Council are submitting a bid for Paisley to become City of Culture 2021 and the Pattern is a key part of the bid. The Council is also using the Pattern as a driver for major regeneration projects in Paisley which could involve the College, its staff and learners.

This visit has significantly strengthened our entire India programme and has opened up new opportunities to work with new partners to the benefit of our learners and staff.


That is us finished for this week.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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