Finalist:
College development Awards 2021

South Lanarkshire College has been shortlisted as a finalist at the College Development Network Awards 2021, in the category:

Employer Connections Award

Our nomination entitled ‘Building Future Skills’, has been chosen from an abundance of entries from colleges across Scotland as a finalist for this prestigious award.

The Employer Connections Award recognises creative approaches that a college has taken to enhance active and effective engagement activity with employers that support the ambitions of The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce and Skills Strategy. The approaches used in the submissions demonstrate clear, positive benefits to employers, stakeholders, staff and learners in colleges or in the workplace as a result of the activity.

South Lanarkshire College’s submission detailing our active partnership with A.C. Whyte, an energy efficiency contractor specialising in installing external wall insulation successfully displayed the impact of the partnership on the young people of Lanarkshire and the surrounding areas. 

The South Lanarkshire College nomination details the Skills Academy that South Lanarkshire College erected on the East Kilbride based College grounds, in partnership with A.C. Whyte.  The building was designed to simulate a real working environment and the facility allows students, to study the Insulation and Building Treatments specialising in External Wall Insulation at SCQF level 5 qualification. The course which runs on campus and on site with A.C. Whyte allows students on the programme to practise and hone the skills and techniques required to be an external wall insulation installer.

The initial 20-week course was a pilot scheme for the College and saw all trainees offered full-time permanent employment with A.C. Whyte on successful course completion.

 “South Lanarkshire College Depute Head of Faculty, David McLaren, said “At South Lanarkshire College, we pride ourselves on being responsive to industry needs. Our collaborative programme with A.C. Whyte emerged as a result of answering industry demands and meeting key Government low carbon objectives. The project was based on a number of key factors including: the growing importance of the PAS 20-35 framework document, our partners winning significant council housing retrofit contracts; Brexit affecting the availability of a trained experienced workforce; the national zero carbon agenda and the development of the College curriculum to meet the needs of the green economy Which during the year of COP 26 is more important than ever.

South Lanarkshire College has been shortlisted as a finalist at the College Development Network Awards 2021, in the category:

Employer Connections Award

Our nomination entitled ‘Building Future Skills’, has been chosen from an abundance of entries from colleges across Scotland as a finalist for this prestigious award.

The Employer Connections Award recognises creative approaches that a college has taken to enhance active and effective engagement activity with employers that support the ambitions of The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce and Skills Strategy. The approaches used in the submissions demonstrate clear, positive benefits to employers, stakeholders, staff and learners in colleges or in the workplace as a result of the activity.

South Lanarkshire College’s submission detailing our active partnership with A.C. Whyte, an energy efficiency contractor specialising in installing external wall insulation successfully displayed the impact of the partnership on the young people of Lanarkshire and the surrounding areas. 

The South Lanarkshire College nomination details the Skills Academy that South Lanarkshire College erected on the East Kilbride based College grounds, in partnership with A.C. Whyte.  The building was designed to simulate a real working environment and the facility allows students, to study the Insulation and Building Treatments specialising in External Wall Insulation at SCQF level 5 qualification. The course which runs on campus and on site with A.C. Whyte allows students on the programme to practise and hone the skills and techniques required to be an external wall insulation installer.

The initial 20-week course was a pilot scheme for the College and saw all trainees offered full-time permanent employment with A.C. Whyte on successful course completion.

Jennifer Phin, Managing Director of A.C. Whyte, said We are delighted the A.C. Whyte Skills Academy has been shortlisted for this award, it recognises what can be achieved through partnership working. South Lanarkshire College are an innovative, forward thinking partner.  Together our aim is to deliver local training, local jobs, with a view to delivering local decarbonisation and housing strategy requirements in partnership with our clients.  Creating the 20-minute neighbourhood establishes multiple benefits for the community.  Local residents are upskilled, quality permanent jobs are created with fair work for everyone, local communities are empowered, and we achieve a just transition to Net Zero, all whilst achieving inclusive sustainable economic growth.” 

 “South Lanarkshire College Depute Head of Faculty, David McLaren, said “At South Lanarkshire College, we pride ourselves on being responsive to industry needs. Our collaborative programme with A.C. Whyte emerged as a result of answering industry demands and meeting key Government low carbon objectives. The project was based on a number of key factors including: the growing importance of the PAS 20-35 framework document, our partners winning significant council housing retrofit contracts; Brexit affecting the availability of a trained experienced workforce; the national zero carbon agenda and the development of the College curriculum to meet the needs of the green economy Which during the year of COP 26 is more important than ever.

We are honoured and excited to be selected as a finalist.  We look forward to attending the event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on Thursday 9th December 2021”.