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Flying Results for new Course at our Paisley campus

Paisley Students are going places after completing a 5 day intensive fast track Swissport course.

A new course at our Paisley campus has had staggering achievement rates with 91% of the successful students being offered employment with Swissport at Glasgow airport.  

The Award Airport Services and Ground Operations course, which is delivered over just 5 days  from West College Scotland’s Paisley Campus, trains students in airport services and ground handling, including ticketing, seating methods, check in and boarding requirements.

 

Carol Gaffney, Curriculum and Quality Leader at the College’s Paisley campus explains how West College Scotland is part of the Swissport Academy of Colleges.  She says, ‘This particular fast track course offers a direct link to employment with Swissport at Glasgow Airport and this cohert is just one example of the many students that have successfully  gained employment over the past few years. Due to this success, the College aims to grow our portfolio of courses to continue to provide a strong pool of instantly employable candidates to the Academy.’

 

Student Rangeen Chamosaid, 30 from Clydebank said, ‘I applied for the Award in Airport Services & Ground Operations and was invited to an induction to see what was involved. I really enjoyed theshort course and the welcoming atmosphere at West College Scotland. I hadn’t studied for a long time, but I need not have worried as the tutors were easy to talk to and alleviated any concerns I had. They were all so knowledgeable! I would recommend this course to anyone.’

 

Allison Logan, Trainer from Swissport UK said ‘This course has helped the cohert immensely with obtaining employment with us as they had prior knowledge of what was expected of them in their role and a sound knowledge of the basic functions that they would be performing on a day to day basis.’

 

Carol added, ‘The Swissport commercial course was  a great success, the group were all very hard working, determined to succeed and a pleasure to teach and had a wide range of skills and attributes between them.

We are delighted that so many of them are now finding their way into the exciting world of work at the airport and employment by Swissport the leading global ground handling and cargo provider.’

 

The Swissport Academy is an exciting concept in the UK offering a number of colleges great benefits to lecturers and students. As a company Swissport employs over 60,000 people worldwide in hundreds of different job roles. In terms of employment opportunities at Swissport Glasgow, they recruit temporary staff every summer; for passenger services and dispatch roles, this can equate to 40-50 people.

 

Allison added, ‘We are sure all those who have been offered employment will be hard working, conscientious and will work well as part of the team here at Glasgow.’

 

The next 5 day fast track course commences at our Paisley Campus on the 15 March.

For more information on the course or to apply click here.

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Council Leader sets out budget challenges

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has pledged to put local communities at the heart of the Council’s budget plans for the coming financial year.

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The Council Leader pledged to ‘put people first’ and ensure that spending is targeted where it will make a difference for communities and businesses across Renfrewshire.

The level of council tax and the council’s total spending on services and capital investment will be set at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council on 1 March.

Councillor Nicolson said:  “I was delighted to be appointed Leader of the Council after the election last year and we have worked hard with councillors from across the parties to make sure we’re delivering the best deal we can for the people who live and work in Renfrewshire.

“It’s been a fantastic time for Renfrewshire and our recent bid for UK City of Culture. Being part of the competition was supported by all political parties and it gave us this fantastic platform to show everyone what we can do. It’s important now we continue that journey, building on the positive perceptions created and making sure that we make the most of the opportunities we have in front of us.

“We want to make Renfrewshire an attractive place to live, work and visit. We will continue to invest in education, jobs and tackling the inequalities that can hold people back from realising their full potential.

“I promised at the time that we would listen to what communities tell us and we have worked to ensure that with finite resources, we make sure we get the best value for every public pound we spend.

“We want to give people back a pride in their place and we’ve invested in improving our local environment through our team up to clean up programme.”

Councillor Nicolson also highlighted that with limited resources, there would have to be new ways of working together to deliver key public services.

“Like other local authorities, we must work within the budgets we are set and we will continue to work with our local communities and partners to ensure that our investment decisions are based on what will make an impact and ensure our communities continue to thrive.”

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Lamont Farm

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has praised Lamont City farm, the long-established community farm which has spent the past 41 years helping to improve animal welfare through education and helping to rescue animals at risk.

Lamont City Farm is run entirely by volunteers and provides school children and residents from Renfrewshire and beyond to meet a range of animals, from horses and llamas, to exotic reptiles and small furries.

The Farm run workshops on animal care, welfare and husbandry. Unfortunately, last week, the farm building was targeted by vandals who caused a significant amount of damage. As a result, the volunteers have launched a crowdfunder to help repair the damage that was caused.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire, North, said:

“Lamont City Farm is a well-established part of the wider Renfrewshire community. They have provided opportunities for countless school children over the years to see some fantastic animals and it’s an outrage that they’ve been targeted by senseless vandals.

“They provide a fantastic resource to Renfrewshire and help educate kids about the importance of animal welfare. In addition many of its residents have been saved from a life of neglect, abuse and suffering. To hear that this organisation has recently been targeted by vandals is especially distressing. I hope all those who have visited Lamont City Farm over the years, and have seen witnessed the excellent job that they do, will contribute to this fundraiser if they are able to. ”

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Gavin Newlands MP urges community to rally around Leighanne Sanderson

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is urging local people to show their support for a family’s fundraising efforts to support a local mum who is suffering from brain cancer.

Local mum, Leighanne Sanderson from Renfrew has been diagnosed with having a brain tumour and has only been given 18 months to 5 years to live.

Leighanne’s family and friends are now rallying behind her to help raise funds so she can create happy memories with her loved ones.

The family have organised a charity hypnotist and band event for this coming Saturday (24th) in the David Lloyd Club, in Renfrew, and local people are being urged to buy tickets to support this worthy cause.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Leighanne was delivered devastating news and her family and friends have rightly come to her aid to help support her during this difficult time. I can’t begin to imagine the distress that the Sandersons are going through at this time and it’s only right that the local community offers all the support they can to the family.

“The Sandersons want to help Leighanne create positive memories and I’m sure our community can contribute to that by supporting their fundraising efforts. The family have organised a hypnotist and band event for this coming Saturday and I would encourage everyone to buy a ticket for this event. This sounds like a great night, and you will also be supporting a worthy cause in the process. There will be numerous ways that you can help Leighanne out and I would call on everyone to support her during this time.”

ENDS.

Notes to Editors:

All media enquiries to Garry Quigley 07833634386

Attached picture: Leighanne Sanderson with Gavin Newlands MP

For more information on this event please visit Gavin Newlands MP Facebook event.

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Early completion of Bargarran and St John Bosco Primary Schools and Early Learning and Childcare Class

A shared site for two new build Renfrewshire schools is set to be completed and handed over almost two months ahead of schedule.

The new state of the art two storey building which will house the adjacent St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary Schools in Erskine, will be ready for occupation from 16 April.

This early delivery of the new facilities from main contractors Heron Bros to Renfrewshire Council, means the opportunity to move the schools and St John Bosco’s early learning and childcare class, immediately after the spring break.

Parents have been informed of the early move, which is expected to take place between 16 to 18 April.

All the establishments are expected to be closed over that three day period to minimise disruption.

Permission for the period of “exceptional closure” to facilitate the move from the old buildings to the new building has been sought from the schools directorate at the Scottish Government, with confirmation expected imminently.

The early move also means that the demolition of the existing buildings can take place more quickly, meaning that construction would be complete by October this year, as opposed to December.

The £16 million work, which started in January 2017, is part of Renfrewshire Council’s extensive £52million investment programme to improve local schools and promote learning and achievement by giving children the best possible learning environment.

The new building has mirrored wings for the two schools over two levels with flexible spaces which support independent learning.

On the ground floor, all classrooms lead out into a courtyard with canopied areas for outside learning, while upstairs classes have access to a balcony area.  Toilets and cloakroom facilities link to the outside and the shared dining hall will double up as an ‘after school’ area.

The new facility includes an all-weather sports pitch as well as a feature ‘green roof’ where seeds from native species will be planted and video links to classrooms will allow pupils to view wildlife in realtime.

Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “It’s great news that the building is ready ahead of schedule and we have already informed parents.

“The new shared building provides the best possible learning environment for pupils and children and allows them to reach their full potential.

“The three day closure period will allow staff to set up before the return of children and pupils.”

Damian Heron, Group Managing Director at Heron Bros, said: “Heron Bros is delighted to hand over the shared campus for St John Bosco and Bargarran Primary School two months early. Our project management team developed an innovative solution which enabled the fast-tracking of the programme and we are delighted to have been able to complete the project ahead of schedule.

“We would like to thank the entire project team and our local supply chain who all worked in collaboration to deliver this marvellous facility so efficiently, and wish the staff and pupils success and happiness in their new home.”

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Renfrew FC Race Night

Renfrew FC are holding a race night on Saturday 24th March at Kirklandneuk Community Centre, Renfrew.

Doors open from 7 pm, races start at 730 pm.

Tickets are £3, includes food and disco.

Prizes for the winning horse owner of each race.

Prize-winning games on the night including incredible 4.5 litre bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky.

Tickets available at New Western Park or from any Committee Member.

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Gavin Newlands MP visits Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited a new facility in Erskine which aims to provide further employment opportunities for Scottish Armed Forces veterans, enabling them to work and develop new skills.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a social enterprise partnership between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine and is due to open its doors in summer 2018.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company will manufacture a wide array of signs and deliver fulfilment, print, mail and recycling services using the latest technology and equipment. The facility also has bold plans for apartments in their village for veterans needing accommodation as well as employment.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a fantastic and exciting innovative and I’d like to thank Michelle for speaking to me about this facility which is due to open later this year.

“The social enterprise is a collaborative project between the Royal British Legion and the military charity, Erskine, and is being set-up to help provide career opportunities to our veterans once they’ve left the armed forces.

“Veterans are, unfortunately, more likely to be unemployed compared to the general population through no fault of their own, as the overwhelming majority of them want to continue working after they’ve left the armed forces.

“Our veterans deserve all the support they can get and this new facility is leading the way in helping to prepare veterans for a new career. They have bold and ambitious plans for the future, and I look forward to visiting the facility again once they’ve opened their factory doors in the summer.”

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SHINE THE LIGHT MR FEBRUARY

In partnership with Pinnacle Training, February’s Shine The Light is Bill Elliot.

Bill Elliot, 64, of Houston was nominated by friend and fellow supporters club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Paisley Pirates. Bill was presented with his award in front of an audience of Paisley Pirates fans, club members, and players, as well as his his wife and son.

Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey club is a non-profit sporting organisation run by the Turley family on a voluntary basis.
Bill is credited with spending his own time producing match reports and promotional material for the club, often working late into the night, as well as having an active role in the Supporters Club as former Chairman and Secretary.

Bill has been volunteering for several years, from the Pirate’s home in the Lagoon Leisure Centre to their new home in Braehead Arena.

The Paisley Pirates were founded in 1946 and are one of the oldest hockey clubs in Scotland and the UK. As well as receiving prestigious awards such as Volunteer of the Year 2015 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, Team of the Year 2016 Renfrewshire Community Sports Awards, as well as recently receiving the Provost’s Community Award – Sporting Achievement. They are an asset to Paisley and Renfrewshire, something Bill is keen to see continue, as evident with his volunteering, fund raising and promotional work.

Marie, Paisley Pirates Supporters Club Chairwoman, credits Bill, “Bill does a lot of behind the scenes work. On a personal level, he has been a huge support to me, especially when I was asked to start Paisley Pirates Supporters Club”.

Bill’s interest in the sporting community extends beyond just Ice Hockey, as he was highly involved with the Paisley Lions. Paisley Lions were a motorcycle speedway team that participated in the British National League in 1975 and 1976, based at Love Street in Paisley.

Despite having to take a step back in recent years due to family commitments and personal illness, Bill is still a driving force in maintaining and promoting the club.
Jackie Turley, Paisley Pirates Club Secretary said “Bill is a stalwart of the club and at times has been a vital part of the Pirates’ operation. He has went above and beyond to ensure the club is successful both on and off the ice and there’s no task he won’t undertake. Bill constantly keeps us in the public eye.”

It is because of people like Bill that organisations like the Paisley Pirates flourish, creating opportunity, growth and positive attention to Renfrewshire. It is those inspirational people in our community such as Bill Elliot that we should recognise and we are only too pleased to award Bill the title of Shine The Light – Mr February, as presented by Jim Furie, Managing Director.

Anyone wishing to support the Paisley Pirates can do so by contacting paisleypirates@gmail.com

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Mix Equality Events at Paisley Arts Centre

Mix – A New Series of Equalities Work at Paisley Arts Centre

A series of performances has been programmed at Paisley Arts centre as part of Mix – a new season of equalities work, presented by Outspoken Arts Scotland for LGBT History Month.

At A Stretch, is a wordless visual theatre production from Jordan and Skinner aimed at children and families with comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre. This show will be performed on Sat 17 February and follows two women as they become increasingly tied together and learn to negotiate the tricky world of close relationships.

Jumpers for Goalposts is a heart-warming tale about the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side tournament where fitness, friendships and fabulous Moroccan cuisine are put to the test.

And finally Paisley Arts Centre welcomes back Paisley’s own Carol Laula, who will be performing alongside local musicians Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins and Linzi Clark with an evening of music and spoken words to mark International Women’s Day.

Morag Macpherson, Head of Cultural Services at Renfrewshire Leisure states ‘We are delighted to be part of LGBT History Month once again and to work in partnership with Outspoken Arts with these three very different, but equally entertaining performances.’

Steven Thomson, of Outspoken Arts states ‘The Mix event is a new boutique season of work spanning LGBT History month and International Women’s Day. We are really excited that this has given us the opportunity to bring these inclusive cultural events to Paisley.’

Notes

At A Stretch is on Sat 17 Feb at 2pm. Tickets are £5 (£4 conc) + bkg fee

Jumpers for Goalposts is on Wed 28 Feb at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£5 conc) + bkg fee

Wicked Women: Carol Laula and Friends is on Thursday 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee

All tickets can be purchased online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by phone 0300 300 1210.

Please note that £1 transaction fee is applicable on all tickets booked online.

For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Carolyn Thom on 0141 618 5109 or carolyn.thom@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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FREE ReMode Inspire Visit

Hi everyone,

Check out the details of our upcoming inspire visit we have coming up:

Inspire Visit to – Woodlands Community Garden and Creative Space
On – Saturday February 24th – 11am – 3.30pm

This is a free trip and will include sessions to be led by artist, gardener and natural dyes specialist Kathy Beckett. We are hoping to stir up some ideas about how we can use own local community gardens and creative spaces, and cordially invite all residents of the communities of Lochwinnoch and outlying villages and areas to come along! All ages and family groups are welcome. Spaces limited so please get in touch and book A.S.A.P.

11am – Bus pick-up at Lochwinnoch, McKillop Institutue, Main Street Lochwinnoch.

11.30am – Introduction to the Woodlands Community Garden and Creative Space.

12noon – Planting of Madder roots – to grow the plant that was traditionally used to make the colour red.

12.45pm – LUNCH (provided)

1.15pm – Natural Dyes Workshop led by Kathy Beckett.

3.30pm – Depart for home.

Contact – Gillian Steel – gillian@myleapproject.org – 07854468512