Improved capability and capacity (2)

The Cardonald campus of the College has long since been a trusted provider of HNC and HND vocational training in hairdressing but the facilities available at Cardonald were outdated and unable to provide the flexible and inclusive learning environment needed to provide high quality learning and teaching.

Our grant enabled a complete refurbishment of 2 old salons into one larger, brighter flexible learning space which is benefitting 100 full-time students each year at a variety of levels, in addition to 40 ‘new starts’ in January of each year.

Increasing the future capability of the College to improve levels of student retention and attainment in further education as a result of our investment, is an overarching priority for both the College and our trustees.  Already the impact on attainment has been considerable, with Level 6 student attainment rising from 76% before the refurbishment to 89% in the year following completion. No surprise when student satisfaction levels have risen from a rating of 100% poor to fair to 100% very good/good in the year following the refurbishment. 

Providing an environment in which the College can respond to market trends and demand, has also proved fruitful:

“Flexible accommodation has allowed for transition of course content according to market demand, as the excellent lighting and mirrors allow for Make Up to be delivered effectively as part of Hairdressing Level 5”
Julie Wales, Head of Curriculum Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies. 

Market demand for courses has risen sharply since the refurbishment with some 139 applications received for the 17/18 academic year.

Raising commercial income from the College’s curriculum and facilities is becoming an increasingly important part of the College’s plans for financial sustainability and this project demonstrates in a modest way how income can be generated through well planned investment.  The facility is now available for letting on a commercial basis, and a brighter, better and more attractive salon has increased interest and uptake in commercial leisure courses with income up to nearly £5,000 in 17/18 from a position of only £200 prior to the improvements as well as product sales.