Adapting, Celebrating and Creating!

Welcome back to another week of our Blog.

As usual we have lots of news and information to pass on, so let’s make a start.


Congratulations To …

Chris Wight, one of our HND Mechanical Engineering students. Chris has successfully secured a Technician Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce, he attended a recent final stage interview where he had to deliver a presentation on the topic of gas turbines.

He is still attending college, Rolls-Royce are allowing him to complete his HND, he will then be off to pastures new. Congratulations!!


Graduate Level Apprenticeships Spotlighted to Employers

Glasgow Kelvin College celebrated Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 by showcasing its exciting new Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) in Civil Engineering to local employers at its Springburn Campus this week.

As the only FE College in Scotland to be offering this trail-blazing programme aimed at HN level Civil Engineering apprentices, College staff outlined the benefits to companies looking to develop their business and support advanced level qualifications for their budding engineers.

Attended by a range of respected employers, the lively session contained information on qualifications, business benefits, funding, the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and the support which apprentices and employers can expect from Glasgow Kelvin.

For more on this story, visit our website.


Adapting to the needs of the Classroom

Our joinery technicians Oliver McArthur and Bernard woods have been working closely with lecturer Thomas McLaughlin and students to adapt the boards and frames used as part of their course.

New adaptations to the framework allows the staff to swap round the plasterboard easily for students to use again giving a longer lifespan for the frames and materials also less time for construction.  Any works that will help reduce our carbon footprint and help towards sustainability is a step in the right direction.

Thanks to Tam, Oli & Bernie for their ideas and innovations.


Apprentices with a ‘Can-do’ attitude!

Ivan McKee MSP was last week delighted to meet with Modern Apprentices at Tennent Caledonian Breweries in Wellpark as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017.

Apprentices Callum McCormack and Deborah Williams, both life science students at Glasgow Kelvin College, joined forces with Marcus Doyle, an apprentice engineer with East Kilbride Training Group, to talk about their apprenticeship experience within Tennent’s in Glasgow’s East End.

The apprentices were keen to share their insights with Ivan and staff from Tennent’s, Skills Development Scotland who oversee the Modern Apprenticeship framework and Glasgow Kelvin College.  A stimulating and interesting meeting culminated in an intriguing visit to the lab at the world-famous Wellpark Brewery where the students talked through the processes and tasks which occupy their working lives.  Clearly knowledgeable, they provided an engaging introduction to their practical apprenticeship capabilities and were a real testament to their mentors and other staff involved with them.

See more on this story on our website.


Russian Pancake Day Celebrations

The annual Russian School Pancake celebration took place this year on Saturday 25 February 2017 at Glasgow Kelvin College’s East End campus.  This event included children, teachers and parents from Russian Saturday school, the Children’s Singing Studio, and some members of the adult choir Russkaya Cappella.

The children took part in songs and games, with a special quiz about Maslenitsa (the Russian name for this celebration)

The central part of the event took place when the children called up Maslenitsa (an effigy made of straw and rags) to offer her pancakes and a song.  She likes the pancakes but not the song, because of its teasing.

The event concluded with game-songs with general participation and the eating of pancakes provided by the parents.


French Visit

Art and Music business ‘professors’ Nicola Carberry, Alastair Strachan and Ken McCluskey were in Aurillac, France last week to hold discussions with our partners at Lycee St Geraud about upcoming and future exchanges and collaborations and featured in the local paper. The French students will be at Glasgow Kelvin during May to work with projects across the faculty.

We visited a number of Lycee St Geraud professional partners and saw the close links they have with industry and the way they embed these into their programme. Ken was also delighted to find one of his old Bluebells albums in a Clermont-Ferrand record store.


Photography ‘Shoot’

HND2 Photography student collaberated with one of last years students, Cameron MacDonald, to produce a promotional video for Footballer Tony McParland’s Soccer school. St Johnstone pro Chris Miller joined the session of which Tony was delighted with the student’s results. Tony said “They did a fantastic job both of them.

The class went really well and they managed to get lots of great footage. Cameron is looking to work in the area of TV and film after studying the HND unit “Moving Image”.


Weave Parkhead

Please join us for a preview of Weave Parkhead! at Glasgow Kelvin College, from 6pm – 7.30pm on 22nd March in the John Wheatley Building, 2 Haghill Road, Glasgow G31 3SR.

Since January this year, the Level 5 and Level 6 Art and Design students at the college have been working hard, creating new artwork in response to the original Weave Parkhead woven panels, and learning about the heritage of the local area. With support from college staff and the Weave Parkhead team, the students have designed and curated this new exhibition, which includes their own work as well as the original panels.

The event is being catered by the Level 5 and 6 Hospitality students, and ambient music will be provided by students of the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop.

The exhibition will run from 22nd March – 21st April at Glasgow Kelvin College during regular college opening hours.

See some photos of the work in progress below.

Equality and Diversity Competition

Just a reminder of the Embracing Diversity Competition which is a regional as well as a college event and learners can win vouchers worth

  • Faculty Level, Commended: £50*
  • Faculty Level, Highly Commended: £75*
  • Faculty Level, Winner £100*
  • Overall College, Commended: £100*
  • Overall College, High Commended: £200*
  • Overall College, Winner £300*

For more information and to get entry form visit our website.

Fashion Show 2017 – Models Wanted!!

GKC Fashion students need female AND male models for this years fashion show.

If you are interested pop along to the Fashion department on the 22ND OF March for a trial practice.

The Fashion Show will be held in St Andrews in the Square on the 24th of May.

For any enquiries email Greg Paton on


Finished for another week, make sure you check back with us next Friday and have a great weekend!

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