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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Chamber is delighted to announce that Audrey Cumberford, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland has been appointed as President of the Chamber.

The Immediate Past President Tom Johnston has been appointed as Honorary President, a new role to recognise Tom’s ongoing involvement at a senior level with the Chamber and in which role he will be assisting the new President in the continuing development of the Chamber.

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Commenting on her appointment, Audrey said “I’m honoured to have been appointed as President of the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and with the support of the Board and the members look forward to continuing to helping Renfrewshire grow & prosper. It has been a privilege to be a Non-Executive Director over the last few years under Tom’s leadership and I am committed to building on his legacy and continuing in the role of President in what is one of Scotland’s most active Chambers, working closely with our Chief Executive, Bob Davidson and his team. The Board will come together at the end of January to discuss our plans for the future at our annual strategy session”.

Tom Johnston commented “it has been an honour to have been the President of Renfrewshire Chamber; it has been a large part of my business and private life for a number of years and I’m delighted that I shall be able to continue to serve on the Board as Honorary President. As we transition to our new President, I give Audrey my full support knowing that the Chamber is in a healthy position and we will continue to build on that success”.

Renfrewshire Chamber celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 with membership just under 600 and has completed its 5th consecutive year of returning a financial surplus. The Chamber was recently awarded Investors in Young People status recognising the work it does employing young people directly and the support it gives to the young people of Renfrewshire. Audrey will be the 2nd female President of the Chamber in its 50 year history, following on from Sheila Laidlaw in 1991.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

MSP George Adam

Cabinet Secretary visits Reid Kerr

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, visited Reid Kerr yesterday to see how the curriculum for excellence (CfE) was being put in to effect at the colleges Institute of Construction and Engineering. The visit was arranged after Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, paid the college a visit earlier this year and was impressed enough to tell the Cabinet Secretary all about it and encouraged him to see for himself what the students and staff were accomplishing. They both went to meet Senior lecturer Craig Stevenson in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Department and some of the students.

Speaking on the visit, George said:

‘The curriculum for excellence recognises that learning continues throughout our lives. This means that we now look at learning as a continuous development of skills for life, learning and work.

‘When I first visited Craig at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Department I was blown away by the enthusiasm for this new way of continuous learning. Craig explained to me that students at the course had used left over plumbing materials to design and create sculptures, recycling and using their creative skills to produce art in their own time.

‘I really wanted to show Mike Russell how the college was working with students showcasing one of the best examples of how the curriculum for excellence should work.

‘Students have produced a number of works and they were keen to discuss their sculptures to the Cabinet Secretary, detailing how each was constructed and how they got their ideas.

‘It was a real pleasure to meet the students and staff and it was a privilege to get Mike to meet them’.

Reid Kerr Principal, Audrey Cumberford, said:

‘For many of the students this course represented their first experience of college education. They have been encouraged to raise their own expectations and ambitions, build their confidence and develop a clearer understanding of how they can continue to explore opportunities whether within education or in work. Almost all of the students on this programme will now progress onto further study or apprenticeships and should be proud of what they have achieved during their time at the college’.
Mike Russell, the Cabinet Secretary added:

‘George has mentioned this college course numerous times to myself and indeed parliament. Listening to the students and their plans for the future was quite inspiring. Everyone at the college should be commended for their efforts and delivery of such an inspiring example of vocational education’.