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12 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013

‘Gold standard’ in college and business partnership

» Super-college and Glasgow Chamber Platinum Partner, Glasgow Clyde College, aims to help more talent to join businesses and start ventures


lasgow’s newest super-college is focused on achieving more for businesses

across Glasgow and Scotland. Formed from the merger of Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside colleges, the new college, Glasgow Clyde College, is an ambitious and innovative key player in the city. With an annual turnover of £50 million, a staff team of 800 and upwards of 20,000 students, it is a major employer in Glasgow. Led by the Principal and Chief Executive, Susan Walsh, her strong leadership, passion for further education and business know- how will guarantee that Glasgow Clyde College will be a leading light in Scotland. Te new college comes with a

combined heritage of 150 years of delivering excellent vocational training services and consultancy to businesses across Scotland and internationally, but it is determined to raise the bar even higher in the post-16 education sector. Susan Walsh said: “Glasgow

Clyde College is vital to the economic and social wellbeing of the Glasgow region. We are proud of our established links with employers across Scotland and the UK. We want more businesses, big and small, to see how we can help them invest in their businesses by investing in the skills of their employees.” Te new college has got off

to an impressive start with its commitment to enterprise. It is currently establishing an enterprise programme in partnership with the National Association of Colleges and University Entrepreneurs and

Scotish Fashion Awards 2013 young designer nominees Iona Crawford and Rebecca Torres have used the hub as a base for developing their business ideas. Both designers have received critical acclaim and international success. Tis is the kind of positive impact colleges can make on our people and our economy and we need to do much more of this kind of training with enterprise.” Another innovative

development is the establishment of an internship, volunteering and employment service for students and employers. Tis will provide opportunities for employers to benefit from the injection of fresh talent into their businesses and give an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience. Susan Walsh said: “For this

Susan Walsh, Principal and Chief Executive, Glasgow Clyde College

joins colleges in Birmingham, London and Liverpool to be Glasgow’s college of enterprise. Te UK-wide initiative aims to improve the entrepreneurial skills of students with the primary aim of helping them set up in business or achieve self-employment. Susan Walsh continued:

“For too long, business start-up services in the city and vocational training have existed in separate compartments. In the college sector, we produce people with practical and useable vocational skills up to and including degree

level and we will continue to do that. However, we need to work differently now to help build the people and the businesses that make Glasgow. “We need to expose our talented

students to the idea of self- employment and enterprise and to do so we need to work with business start-up agencies in the city in a more integrated way. We already have a very successful business incubator project which is supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland. Te successes have been impressive.

service to work for both employers and students, it has to be of the highest quality and standards. We need ambitious and innovative employers in Glasgow and Scotland to join us as founding members in what will become recognised as the gold standard in Scotland. “Glasgow Clyde College’s

ethos is innovative, ambitious and enterprising. I want to offer those talents to Glasgow and I invite you to join us to achieve more for the people and businesses of Glasgow and beyond.”

FIND OUT MORE... Businesses interested in becoming founding members of the Glasgow Clyde College internship and employment service or to find out more about the College’s services, should contact Duncan McDougall on 0141 272 3208 or

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