First Career College announced for Scotland

Career Colleges Trust has approved City of Glasgow College to be the first to offer their trailblazing initiative in Scotland. Sponsored by building and civil engineers, Sir Robert McAlpine, it aims to take construction training to a new level.

The pioneering venture will offer skills training to 16-18-year olds, focusing on new, digital methods of construction which are now essential for the industry.

City of Glasgow College, whose twin site super campus development was constructed by McAlpine, will run the Career College as part of its wide-ranging and high-quality tertiary education provision.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, added:

“Our College has a strong track record of working with industry for the benefit of our students. We look forward to working with Career Colleges Trust and Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver this ground-breaking initiative. The construction industry offers a range of exciting career opportunities which our students, equipped with industry-led skills and knowledge, will be able to take full advantage of.” 

Career Colleges are employer-led ventures, equipping people with the skills needed by businesses in a wide range of industries including; health care, hospitality and digital as well as construction. There are currently over 20 operating around the UK.

Chairman of Sir Robert McAlpine, Edward McAlpine, said:

“Having recently celebrated our 150th anniversary, we feel it our responsibility to put our long legacy of innovation, skills and technical excellence at the service of younger generations. We are committed to addressing the skills gap in the industry by supporting education and promoting careers in construction.”

“We chose to work with the City of Glasgow College for its high-quality provision of education and to reflect our company’s Scottish heritage. We are delighted to be establishing Scotland’s first Career College and very much look forward to working with the College and with the Career Colleges Trust to create a model of education that will benefit both young people, the construction industry and the wider economy.”

The Career Colleges Trust is now working with Sir Robert McAlpine and City of Glasgow College to develop a digital construction curriculum that meets the future needs of industry. This curriculum will run from April 2020 as a pilot and the full Career College will open in September 2020. The successful curriculum will then be rolled out to other colleges around the country in 2021.

CEO of the Career Colleges Trust, Bev Jones, said:

“Career Colleges are all about supporting industry and educators to work together and ensure that young people have the skills they need to pursue a successful career. Having identified a clear skills gap, McAlpine has worked with us to identify a College that can help it to tackle the issue.

“We are delighted to approve City of Glasgow College as a Career College and have absolute confidence that its partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine will offer huge benefits to both students, the community and the industry.”