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Ayrshire Growth Deal announcement
 
Scottish Secretary David Mundell paid a visit to our Kilmarnock Campus to announce the UK Government's £100m investment as part of the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

The Scottish Government has also pledged £100m towards the deal.

This is an incredible boost for Ayrshire, as the investment looks certain to increase economic growth and create more jobs.

The funding levels for specific projects will be announced in the next few weeks.
August courses
You can now sign up for courses starting in August 2019!

Visit our website to find the right course for you. You can search for a specific course, or browse through each of the curriculum areas.

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Girls Into Construction and Civil Engineering

 
Over 150 female pupils took part in our ‘Girls Into Construction and Civil Engineering’ day, as part of our award-winning #ThisAyrshireGirlCan campaign.

The S1 and S2 pupils enjoyed three workshops each throughout the day, in either: brickwork, carpentry and joinery, civil engineering, construction management, electrical engineering, land surveying, painting and decorating, plumbing, and quantity surveying.

The schools involved were Cumnock Academy, Girvan Academy, Grange Academy, Kilmarnock Academy, Kyle Academy, Largs Academy, Loudoun Academy and Stewarton Academy.

Thanks to Survey Connection, Rowan Timber and Dekors for kindly donating materials for the workshops. Also thanks to our guest speakers: Jill Fisher, Claire Hyslop, Laura Love, Hannah Simpson and Janice Steel.
Best Bar None 
 
Our popular training restaurant in Kilmarnock, Salt & Barrel, has gained official Best Bar None Scotland accreditation.

The restaurant earned the Silver Award for its excellent customer service and commitment to enhancing public safety.

Congratulations to everyone involved at Salt & Barrel. 

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Game Chef of the Year

Our Salt & Barrel restaurant also played host to this year's prestigious Game Chef of the Year competition, organised by Braehead Foods.

Aberdeenshire Chef Ross Cochrane took the title of National Game Chef of the Year in a fiercely fought cook-off with top chefs from across the UK.

The Head Chef from the Rothesay Rooms' two game dishes were rated the best by Michelin star judges Ian McAndrew, Clare Smyth MBE, Stephen McLaughlin and Geoffrey Smeddle.

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Week with the Army Reserves

Uniformed Services students from our Irvine and Kilmarnock campuses were given a fascinating insight into life with the Army.

Spending five days at the Territorial Army base in Dreghorn, the students enjoyed a range of activities led by the 251 Transport Squadron of the 154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, and supported by B Company 6 Scots, the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry (A Squadron), and the Regimental Support Team in Scotland.

Many of the students are now thinking about signing up as Army Reservists!

 

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New course with the Open University

We are delighted to announce a new programme in partnership with the Open University, which will allow students to study towards a degree in social work at the College.

The Transition into Social Work programme, which is the first in Scotland, builds on the existing partnership between ourselves and the Open University. It is the second campus-based pathway model, and will hopefully follow the success of our current Social Sciences degree programme. 

Students will be able to study on a part time, flexible basis in their local environment. They will benefit from familiar surroundings and small class groups, which will allow increased levels of support.

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V Local Festival
 
Well done to everyone involved in the successful V Local Festival held at our Kilmarnock Campus.

Our students organised a Swish event, where people could upgrade their wardrobe by swapping up to five items of clothing.

There were also cooking demonstrations, a vegan bake sale, and stalls set up by our partners where students could get information on becoming vegan.

Thanks also to the Espresso Kart for providing the coffee!
Freelancing for Students

On Wednesday 23 January, our students heard from a number of guest speakers who shared their personal accounts of a typical day in the life of a freelancer.

The 'Freelancing for Students' event was held by Bridge 2 Business and IPSE and gave students across all disciplines top tips and advice on how to successfully launch a career as a freelancer.
LGBT+ Training

Back in November, it was revealed that Scotland would become the first country in the world to embed LGBT+ inclusive education in the schools' curriculum.

Since then our Access to Primary Education and Humanities students at the Ayr Campus have been piloting recognised training in LGBT+, which was delivered by representatives from East Ayrshire Council, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

We've also created the Ayrshire LGBT+ Education Network in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, and our Equality and Inclusion Advisor Sara Turkington has been spreading the word about the Network to our Access to Childhood Practice students.

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The Conversation

Have you got involved in The Conversation yet?

We've been inviting staff and students to come together at our Ayr Campus for a series of conversations around wellbeing and mental health.

There's still time to come along and hear our guest speakers' powerful stories. Just drop into the Refectory on Wednesday 20 February from 4pm to 5pm.

To find out more about what we are doing to promote better all-round health, click here to read about the College's Promoting Wellbeing Group.
How Ayrshire College changed my life
 
Childhood Practice graduate Susan Sykes offered to write for our blog about how life-changing her time at the College has been. 

Susan left school at 14 years old and was in danger of not realising her potential. 

Click here to find out how she turned her life around at Ayrshire College and what she's up to now.

Thanks again for sharing this inspirational story Susan!
Promoting health in 2019
 
Another popular blog post this month was the work of our Working with Communities students.

They were tasked with putting together publications that “raise awareness of the struggles and issues within our ever-growing societies”.

The students have written two publications so far: Health Community Matters & The Heart of Health.

Support our students' writing - read here!

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