Engineering Successes!

Our blog this week is short and sweet, but we’re sure it still has enough to hold your attention.

We are all about the  engineers this week.


Robertson Group, Clyde Gateway, UWS and Kelvin Team Up for Successful Students!

Fifteen budding engineers from Eastbank Academy, St Mungo’s Academy and Trinity High School took part in the ten-week ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme, run in collaboration between Robertson Group, Clyde Gateway, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

Pupils learned the basics and range of engineering skills by working on ‘live’ projects operated by Robertson Group.

Gemma Gourlay, director of social sustainability, Robertson Group, said:

“This is the third year that we have delivered this programme, working in partnership with Clyde Gateway and the schools to introduce the pupils to the diverse careers available within engineering and the wider construction industry. The ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme offers varied activities, allowing the pupils to identify their strengths and interests through practical work, hands-on classroom exercises and talks from industry experts. It’s brilliant to support such a positive initiative that has a lasting impact on the next generation of construction engineers.”

See the full story on our website.


DAB Pumps Presentations

The Engineering department have engaged in a number of industry partnerships, one of which is with DAB pumps. As part of this partnership they have managed to obtain an agreement from DAB that they will supply new pumps and other associated components for the main Building Engineering Services workshops on the lower ground floor free of charge.

They have also committed to providing a range of seminars/presentations to our student population and staff, the most recent being in the lecture theatre on Tuesday the 25th of March, as illustrated in the pictures. The presentation was attended by Service and Maintenance of Building Engineering Services apprentices, including adults and also Heating and Ventilation Installation apprentices. Over the two presentations delivered attendances have been around 150 students and 9 staff in total, with all receiving CPD certificates to reflect their attendance.

The evaluation reports issued to students from GKC staff indicate the two events to date have been extremely successful and worthwhile and future events are already in the pipeline.

We are doing likewise with Worcester Bosch, Schneider Electrics and Fujitsu, who are currently supplying the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning section with a range of current, high spec equipment, also free of charge.


Employers Event…

We were delighted to welcome several of our partner employers to a Graduate Level Apprenticeship information event at our Springburn Campus this week.  The lively session included representatives from Atkins, Front Line Construction, W H Malcolm, Mouchel Limited, Ayrshire Road Alliance and Mott Macdonald – all key organisations in the Scottish economy.

A slightly different slant on the session this time as Anne Porter and Alastair McGhee were also presenting to the apprentices from these organisations who are already on the HN Civil Engineering programme at GKC…   A tough audience!   As ever, our staff rose to the occasion and everyone left armed with the information they need to move forward to this new, exciting apprenticeship opportunity.

Well done to Alastair and Anne for their hard work once again.


Finished for another week, remember the college is closed on Monday for May Day, classes resume on Tuesday the 2nd of May.

Have a great long weekend!

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