College students receive tools to help them succeed in their careers

College students have received “tools of the trade” through a generous donation from an education fund.

The John Mather Trust, which was set up to help young people in the west of Scotland advance in their chosen career, has donated £10,000 to West College Scotland.

And the college decided to use the money to provide additional resources for 72 students in four departments.

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On the occasion of the end of the academic year, the departments came together to celebrate the achievements of the students. Those who had achieved outstanding results throughout the year were awarded “tools of the trade”.

Hospitality students received industry-standard knife sets; tool kits were distributed to construction and automotive students; and professional hairdressing scissors went to hairdressing students.

The college’s Head of Hospitality, Tourism, Languages ​​and Business, Jim McAllister: said: “This year has been another busy year for all of our staff and students, especially as we have come out of the pandemic and related restrictions.

“We are delighted with the progress of our students in their chosen restoration field and know that the set of knives they have received from the John Mather Trust will support them in the next phase of their hospitality journey.”

Professional cooking student, Ryan Hamilton, said: “I feel so lucky to be given such an amazing set of knives to take with me as I continue my next phase of training.

“My goal is to specialize in pastry and I hope to undertake further training in pastry before entering the profession full time.”

William McPhail, Curriculum Quality Manager for Motor Vehicles at the Paisley campus, said: “This year’s John Mather Award winners have been excellent students and are all now progressing in the industry. after the end of their course and as such the first major expense will be their first toolbox. It’s the first place to start for those mechanics of the future and with the option to add an affordable rolling cab as well, it will serve them well for a long time indeed.

Wendy Sheridan-Price, Head of Hair, Beauty and Makeup, added, “We are delighted to have received this funding which allows us to support our students in their transition to employment.

“It’s wonderful to be able to end the year on such a positive note and it’s a great bonus for the students who have worked extremely hard this past year.”

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