Students take lessons out the classroom

HIVE (Hope, Inspiration and Vision in Education) students from South Ayrshire and Ayrshire College have been on various outings and trips recently.

Dougie Barnes, learning engagement officer said: “Many of our students had become disengaged whilst at school, they never enjoyed the classroom environment.

“We try to take a different approach here at college and make learning interactive.

“Going by the feedback from students they really enjoy the experience.”

HIVE programmes aim to develop essential skills, motivation and self-confidence in young people.

With an emphasis on student led learning the courses cover team working, enterprise, leadership, employability and customer care.

PEZ (Personal Empowerment Zone) students visited the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies, Stirling and Edinburgh Castles.

The trips helped bring Scottish history to life and those who were never interested in history are now more engaged.

Some visited Glasgow Science Centre to participate in their European Film Festival.

Staff and students delivered a workshop at the College Development Network: Community Learning and Development National Conference which was attended by delegates from other colleges and partner organisations.

The workshop provided an overview of two of the HIVE programmes.

Connor McPike, a graduate of the Summer Programme 2015, and Reah Petcher a graduate of Career Academy 2015, made a very impressive impact when presenting to the audience.

Students also took part in Sky Academy in Livingston where they had to write a script, design costumes and film a news report.

Being in front of the camera was a huge confidence boost for students and watching them was a proud moment for staff.

On top of all this they also managed to raise £400 for Children in Need by creating a photo booth, badge making and other activities.

Jaimee Todd studied some of the HIVE programmes and now works with the college as assistant team leader for The Prince’s Trust.

She said: “My time at secondary school wasn’t great.

“I never showed up and wasn’t very well behaved - it just wasn’t the right environment for me.

“I left school at the end of 3rd year and started at college on the 24/7 course.

“After completing 24/7 I moved onto PEZ then Prince’s Trust and was given the opportunity to become an assistant team leader.

“These courses built my confidence and helped me to mature.

“College helped me make the right decision in my life.”