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Minister For Schools Skills Visits Cardonald College Glasgow

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Details:   Photo opportunity with Minister for Schools and Skills, Keith Brown, who will be cutting the ribbon to unveil Cardonald College Glasgow's completed campus reconstruction and open the new Hairdressing and Beauty facilities.

Minister for Schools and Skills, Keith Brown, will cut the ribbon to unveil a brand new beauty, hair and holistic therapy salon at Cardonald College Glasgow this Wednesday (21 October).

The opening of the new salon  - known as the 'Tranquil Lifestyle Centre' - marks the end of the second phase of an estates project for the college which has witnessed a refurbishment of its campus, teaching areas and entrance concourse, as well as the introduction of the new vocational hair, beauty and holistic skills centre which will train over 100 pupils each year.

Mr Brown said: "Scotland's colleges have a vital role to play in ensuring our people have the skills they need to get into work, stay in work and contribute to our economic recovery. That's why I'm delighted to see the new facilities on offer at the college which will greatly enhance the learning and teaching experience for students and staff.

"Cardonald College Glasgow is going from strength-to-strength and it is wonderful to see such vibrancy in the various new departments, from the hair and beauty facilities to those for IT professionals and plumbers. Cardonald is inspiring real passion and enthusiasm among its students."

Susan Walsh, Principal at Cardonald College Glasgow, added: "The completion of our Tranquil Lifestyle Centre in such a short timescale of just six months, from start-to-finish, proves our dedication to putting teaching facilities and staff in place for the new academic year to offer the much needed vocational training places as demanded by the local community. Our new beauty, health and holistic salon will offer training for 100 students each year."

The £23 million Cardonald College Glasgow estates project  began in 2004. The estates improvements have seen the college thrive with a year on year increase in application figures - with the latest figures showing a 67% increase from 5964 in August 2008 to a total of 8862 in August this year. The refurbishment and extensions work began with a new Skills Centre to provide the best teaching resources for electrical, plumbing, construction, and renewable energy trades. The college then added a new Children's Centre to support students with family commitments.

Susan Walsh added: "The College prides itself as being at the heart of the local community and as we approached the end of the first estates project with the Children's Centre, we decided that we would take advice from local head teachers to canvass students on the kind of skills that they would like to learn that we didn't offer. Feedback from this proved that hair, beauty and holistic skills came high on the list of priorities - hence our commitment to the new Tranquil Lifestyle Centre which has every state-of-the-art teaching facility required in a salon setting."

Keith Brown will also take time on Wednesday 21 October to meet with European academics also visiting Cardonald College Glasgow. The academics from Finland, Germany, Romania and Sweden will meet with their peers from Cardonald College Glasgow to exchange best practice projects and ideas that each country has for students who have additional support needs.

Cardonald College Glasgow, Mosspark Drive, Glasgow G52 3AY. Tel: 0141 272 3333 W: www.cardonald.ac.uk.