Successful Open Day for Glasgow Schools

Over three hundred secondary school pupils attended an open day event at City of Glasgow College aimed at helping them decide their future. 

The young students from schools across Glasgow got the chance to meet with lecturers and current students at the recruitment event held together with Glasgow Kelvin and Glasgow Clyde Colleges.

“This annual open day specifically promotes senior phase academic and vocational courses,” explained Kay Sheridan, Faculty Director for Education & Society at City of Glasgow College:

“The event highlights the vast range of courses available across our three colleges. It is essential that young people are able to make informed choices early in their education. This event is fast becoming a stepping stone to college so plays an important role in the future skills pipeline.”

Julie Armstrong, an Early Years’ lecturer at Kelvin College, said:

“We saw a number of young students with an interest in doing early education and childcare and this is a good opportunity for them to see what’s available. Being able to get information directly from those who teach and study the subjects is much better than reading a leaflet or going online on your own.”

Jade Brown, a fifth year pupil at Castlemilk High School was one of many getting their make-up done by City of Glasgow College Beauty Therapy students, and said:

“I’ve been thinking about becoming a nursery teacher or going into hairdressing, so this event has been a real help in making my mind up.”

The open day was also a chance to promote Hospitality and Tourism’s Up in the Air & On the Ground classes which run from September to April. They combine cabin crew and resort rep studies with hospitality events and food service disciplines. They are aimed specifically at school age students to introduce them to the hospitality and tourism industries with the possibility of follow-on interviews for a full-time course.

The event was one of a number of Open Days the college holds annually to raise awareness of the variety of full and part time courses it offers and to give prospective students the chance to see City of Glasgow College’s technologically advanced state of the art super campus facilities, and to discuss course options, entry requirements and possible career paths.