Glasgow Clyde College

Glasgow Clyde College launches Bell Decorating Academy

Jim Taylor, head of curriculum construction and David Innes, assistant principal engineering, computing and the built environment, accept a Plaque commemorating the partnership from Craig Bell, CEO of Bell Group

Jim Taylor, head of curriculum construction and David Innes, assistant principal engineering, computing and the built environment, accept a Plaque commemorating the partnership from Craig Bell, CEO of Bell Group

Glasgow Clyde College has launched the Bell Decorating Academy, in partnership with Bell Group, which will focus on supplementing the painting and decorating skills taught in the college with hands-on experience.

The launch event took place at the College’s Anniesland campus, where the college was presented with a plaque to mark the partnership.

Craig Bell, CEO of Bell Group, hosted a presentation and discussion with students about the opportunities available to them in their future careers.

Those who study on the College’s NPA Construction course, which provides introductory elements to safety, practical woodwork, fabrication and wet trade skills such as painting and decorating, will have an opportunity to gain work experience onsite with Bell Group in the local area, as well as access to potential apprenticeships at the end of the course.

Craig Bell with Glasgow Clyde College student Ryan Bonner and Jim Taylor

Craig Bell with Glasgow Clyde College student Ryan Bonner and Jim Taylor

The company will also work with students throughout the year, delivering leadership talks, skill set workshops, masterclasses and provide corporate PPE. Glasgow Clyde College is the first college in the west of Scotland to offer the program.

The partnership aims to expand the potential of the progression routes from the NPA Construction classes into employment, and it is hoped the initiative will help to narrow the skills gap identified in the painting and decorating industry nationally. Bell Group has recognised an issue with a large proportion of the skilled workforce nearing retirement or being promoted to non-trade positions, and so it is vital to invest in the future labour force.

Jim Taylor, head of curriculum construction at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “We’re delighted to be the only college in the west of Scotland teaming up with the Bell Group to offer our students an exceptional opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, work experience and the chance at an apprenticeship with the company.

“This will ensure our students are equipped and fully qualified to progress into the world of work following their time at the College.”

Bell Group’s national community investment manager, Anna Higham, added: “We believe the Academy will help close the gap between learning the theory of a trade and working on site, and will better prepare young people for the world of work. By working together, we hope our Academies will prove successful in cultivating our next generation of employees.”

Bell Building Projects secures Glasgow Clyde College contract

How the Langside College will look - Image courtesy of Austin-Smith:Lord

How the Langside College will look – Image courtesy of Austin-Smith:Lord

Bell Building Projects Ltd has secured a new contract award from Glasgow Clyde College at its Langside Campus.

The project involves the construction of a 585 sq.m Horticulture Teaching Block with associated offices, external works and existing car park reconfiguration.

The deal was secured under a competitive design and build submission and will be procured using the NEC3 form of contract.

Bell Building Projects will work closely with design & build partners Austin-Smith:Lord and Will Rudd Davidson.

Morrison Construction to give real-life experience to Glasgow Clyde College students

Students of the college as well as David Innes, director of Engineering and Built Environment at the college (left) and Jim Johnstone, community skills manager at Morrison Construction

Students of the college as well as David Innes, director of Engineering and Built Environment at the college (left) and Jim Johnstone, community skills manager at Morrison Construction

Glasgow Clyde College has announced a partnership with Morrison Construction that will see students participate in on-site work experience and receive advice from construction industry experts.

The college was selected as a preferred further education partner by Morrison Construction, who made a strategic decision to engage with a Glasgow college.

The link will entail sponsorship by Morrison Construction where the company will invite students to participate in visits to construction sites as well as work placements. In addition, they will supply personal protective equipment (PPE) for students, including high-visibility vests, hats, and gloves

Jim Johnstone, community skills manager for Morrison Construction, said: “We’re delighted to be entering into this partnership with Glasgow Clyde College. The partnership will see opportunities for students to work with Morrison Construction staff from curriculum engagement to work experience placements.

“We are entering this partnership with a forward-thinking and innovative college, which allows us to focus on our ultimate goal of training and up-skilling a talented workforce for the future, not only for Morrison Construction but for the construction-related industries as a whole.”

Glasgow Clyde MorrisonMorrison Construction will supply industry experts to deliver advice to college classes on specific areas of study, benefitting Glasgow Clyde College students enrolled on a range of construction-related courses, including construction management, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, brickwork, and electrical and plumbing.

David Innes, director of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “The biggest benefit of the partnership with Morrison Construction to our students is the work placements of up to four weeks. They will undertake a timetabled programme and will be given real tasks to work on and receive advice and guidance from some of the most able members of the construction industry.”

The faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, which the construction department is part of, was ‘Highly Commended’ as Training Partner of the Year at the recent SEMTA awards.