College commended for engineering programme

L-R: Graeme Whiteford (BAE Systems) and Alistair Rodger (Glasgow Clyde College)
L-R: Graeme Whiteford (BAE Systems) and Alistair Rodger (Glasgow Clyde College)

Glasgow Clyde College has been highly commended at this year’s SQA Star Awards in recognition of its partnership work with the engineering industry.

Through its Engineering Modern Apprenticeship programme, the college, which includes partners such as BAE Systems and Doosan Babcock, has worked with over 600 Engineering Modern Apprentices from over 80 employer partners in the last year to deliver SQA National Certificates and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas.

Programmes available include Engineering Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Manufacturing, CADD, Fabrication and Welding.

Alistair Rodgers, head of curriculum for Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College, said, “This is a great achievement for everyone involved in the Engineering MAs, including our staff, partners and apprentices. We take great pride in the MA programme and strive to keep it modern, relevant and engaging, which challenges our apprentices.

“We work to continually evolve the programme through review and employer feedback to ensure that the apprentices are getting the best and most relevant training possible, ensuring that they return to the workplace with the appropriate knowledge and skills pertinent to their role.”

Alistair added, “The College is also actively involved with employers and universities to ensure that students are able to progress to part time Degree courses from the HNC and HND programmes that are offered.”

Graeme Whiteford, from BAE Systems, added, “The Partnership that BAE Systems has with Glasgow Clyde College provides a significant impact on our Engineering Modern Apprenticeship programme ensuring the future competitiveness and sustainability of the engineering industry, and our business. It ensures apprentices come through a programme which is tailored to suit the needs of the employer, as well as the apprentice, which allows them to reach their full potential.”