Col­lege gets royal ap­proval

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

It has been a very busy time for the Prince’s Trust team pro­gramme based at Dum­fries and Gal­loway Col­lege.

And you can find out all about the suc­cess sto­ries at the col­lege’s open evening on Thurs­day, Au­gust 11, and be in­spired to sign up for stud­ies this year.

The col­lege de­liv­ery team was in­vited to join in the Prince’s Trust 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at a gar­den party held at Buck­ing­ham Palace in May.

June Hol­land, head of fac­ulty at the col­lege, and col­leagues Ali­son Cother, Laura Mor­gan and Lyn­d­say Chisholm en­joyed a fabulous day.

It was topped off with an un­ex­pected chat and hand­shake be­tween June and Prince Charles.

The staff team was also in­formed that the col­lege was nom­i­nated for and won The Prince’s Trust Scot­tish De­liv­ery Part­ner Award for its con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

June Hol­land said: “See­ing the great suc­cess of all of our young peo­ple when they com­plete the Prince’s Trust pro­gramme is in it­self a great re­ward.”

There was more good news as Kieran Pat­ter­son was recog­nised for all his hard work af­ter he com­peted in the Scot­tish Tim­ber Trade Teach­ers com­pe­ti­tion last year and took first prize (the first time the col­lege has ever won this).

He then went on to claim a bronze prize for join­ery at the Na­tional Skills Build fi­nals in Birm­ing­ham.

And Kieran was se­lected for the World Skills UK Olympic team and is work­ing on a se­ries of con­cen­trated train­ing events.

The col­lege is al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­hance the learner ex­pe­ri­ence to en­sure they are pro­vided with the max­i­mum re­sources to sup­port skills, knowl­edge and en­ter­prise.

And it is de­lighted to have signed a pi­lot agree­ment with MAKLab in Dum­fries, al­low­ing the Cre­ative In­dus­tries learn­ers and staff ac­cess to their ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources.

MAKLab in Dum­fries works in partnershi­p with UP­LAND to of­fer young peo­ple, craft prac­ti­tion­ers and mak­ers, mem­bers of the pub­lic and lo­cal busi­nesses ac­cess to some of the lat­est dig­i­tal mak­ing equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als.

You can find out more in­for­ma­tion on the MAKlab partnershi­p and Cre­ative In­dus­tries cour­ses at the col­lege’s open evening on Thurs­day, Au­gust 11, from 4pm to 7pm.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion has en­abled the Bri­tish Com­puter So­ci­ety (BCS) qual­i­fi­ca­tions classes to be held at the North West Re­source Cen­tre in Lin­clu­den, Dum­fries.

The col­lege partnershi­p in BCS Dig­i­tal Skills Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of­fers four cour­ses – First Steps; Next Steps; In­tro­duc­tion to Dig­i­tal Skills; BCS Dig­i­tal Skills.

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