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Graduation 2018

Ayr Campus Graduation
Ayr Campus/Ayr Town Hall, Friday 12 October at 11.00am

Kilmarnock Campus Graduation
Kilmarnock Campus/Grand Hall, Friday 26 October at 11.00am

Kilwinning Campus Graduation
Due to limited capacity in the Abbey Church, Kilwinning Campus students are split across two ceremonies. 

Ceremony one - Aerospace, Construction, Engineering and Science / Care and Early Years
Kilwinning Campus/Abbey Church, Thursday 8 November at 7.00pm

Ceremony two - Business, IT, Sport, Fitness and Social Science / Creative
Kilwinning Campus/Abbey Church, Friday 9 November at 11.00am

What can Ayrshire College do for you?

A new Scottish Funding Council report has shown an increase in positive destinations for college leavers! 

Watch some of our students talk about why studying at Ayrshire College was the correct first choice for them. 

Recruitment process opens for key positions

We are now accepting applications for two senior leadership positions.

The roles of Principal and Vice Principal - Strategy and Skills are currently advertised through recruitment consultants Aspen People.

The closing date for both positions is Monday 29 October 2018.

SQA Star Awards

We have been shortlisted in two categories at the 2018 SQA Star Awards, with two of our students nominated for the College Candidate of the Year Award.

Reegan Stevenson (left) and Ross Munro (right) will be looking to continue our impressive winning streak - with an Ayrshire College student winning the award for the past four years.

We are also a finalist in the Partnership Award category at the SQA Star Awards, for our ‘Take the Time’ project.

‘Take the Time’ was developed by the College’s Supported Learning team to give its students the chance to complete academic units by spending time at Grange Care Home in Kilmarnock. The Connect to Enterprise group became accredited befrienders and spent time with care residents in one-to-one and group sessions.

Students to perform at SQA Star Awards

Two of our HNC Music students have been selected to perform at the awards ceremony, held in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this November.

19-year-old Annabel Thornett was encouraged to apply by her lecturers, who had been impressed with her singing voice on last year's Access to HNC Music course.

HNC Music classmate Kieran Robertson will accompany her on acoustic guitar.

College Development Network Awards
We have been shortlisted in four categories at the College Development Network (CDN) College Awards 2018.

We have been shortlisted in the Digital Learning, Essential Skills, Health Promoting College, and Innovation award categories.

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Our mental health awareness campaign ran from 10 September (World Suicide Prevention Day) to 10 October (World Mental Health Day).

Have a look through the #mymentalhealthmatters hashtags on Facebook and Twitter to see some of the awareness raising activities we carried out over the month!
Student of the Year reveal
We have been unveiling this year's graduation prizewinners ahead of each ceremony.

Every day until the final graduation event - which is Kilwinning on Friday 9 November 2018 - we are posting one student's story across all of our social media platforms. You can read these on our blog here.

If you know a Student of the Year for Ayr, Kilmarnock or Kilwinning, then please congratulate them publicly on their posts!
Diageo Learning for Life
14 students have celebrated success after attending a six-week bartending training course in partnership with Diageo.

The Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality and Bartending programme was delivered at our Ayr Campus training restaurant, INVER. The students also spent two weeks on work experience with some of Ayrshire’s leading restaurants, hotels and bars.
Project SEARCH graduation
7 students on the Project SEARCH programme at Culzean Castle have celebrated the recent completion of their course.

Project SEARCH is an employability programme for 17 to 24 year olds who have learning disabilities, including those on the autistic spectrum, who are looking to gain employment.
Ayrshire Business Awards
Our former digital marketing apprentice Catriona Cook is a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category at the Ayrshire Business Awards 2018.

The award ceremony takes place at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 12 October.

Well done Catriona!
Scottish Apprenticeship Awards

A former Foundation Apprentice in Engineering has been shortlisted in the Foundation Apprentice of the Year category at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

Fraser Wallace, a former Greenwood Academy pupil, studied a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering during his 5th and 6th year of secondary school at the College, as part of his school timetable. He has now progressed to a Modern Apprenticeship with local Prestwick employer GE Caledonian.

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Future Textiles
Three of our Fashion students graduated from an eight–week intensive course at The LVMH Textile Training School at Dumfries House, as part of a project run by The Prince’s Foundation.

In collaboration with ourselves and Glasgow Clyde College, the ‘Future Textiles’ project brings together industry and education, in order to train the next generation with skills for the textile industry.
Play in a Day
Our Technical Theatre and Performing Arts students were tasked with putting on a successful play - on their first day at college.

Find out how they performed!
WorldSkills UK

Three of our students have qualified for the finals of a prestigious UK skills competition, to be held in Birmingham from 15-17 November.

Over 3,000 apprentices and learners registered to take part in regional heats of the WorldSkills UK competition, which is run over 60 skill areas.

More details

NHS Healthy Working Lives

We have been successful in achieving the Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award!

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