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Summer programme is a big hit with Ayrshire students

Summer programme is a big hit with Ayrshire students

Ayrshire College has successfully carried out a summer programme for 15-18 year olds in partnership with East and South Ayrshire Council aimed at keeping young people engaged prior to moving on after leaving school.

Each student was presented with a certificate at a special celebration of success ceremony held at the College’s Kilmarnock campus last week.

Over fifty local young people attended the four-week programmes at Kilmarnock and Ayr campuses, which involved a variety of exciting and engaging educational visits, physical activities and sports.

Now in its fourth year, the programme was organised in conjunction with East Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council’s Employability and Skills teams, along with partners at Skills Development Scotland and Street League, both of whom contributed greatly to the day-to-day delivery of the programmes.

East Ayrshire Council’s Transition Co-ordinator Margorie Harvie said “This has been a great example of what we can achieve in Ayrshire. Seeing so many young people over the summer reach a positive destination has been amazing.”

East Ayrshire Council’s Chief Executive, Fiona Lees said “It was a real privilege to be involved with the summer programme, and to see how it goes from strength to strength every year. Listening to the young people and hearing their stories has been fantastic. It’s all about working in partnership to help young people secure the best possible outcomes.”

Summer student, Stuart McCanse said about his experience “It’s been great having something to do over the summer. For anyone thinking of doing the programme next year, I’d say 100% go for it."

Tom Marner, Ayrshire College Team Leader of Engagement and Employment, said “The fourth summer programme has proved to be the biggest and best yet. I would like to thank our partners for their valuable contribution.”

Over thirty of the participants will be starting courses at the College in August.

31 July 2017

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