STUDENTS at West College Scotland’s Clydebank campus said they feel “really lucky” after receiving funding from the John Mather Trust.

The fund which was set up to help young people in the West of Scotland get a foot in the door of their chosen career, saw the college awarded £10,000.

This will allow them to provide additional resources to 72 students from hospitality, hairdressing, construction and motor vehicle across three of the college’s campuses.

Jim McAllister, head of hospitality, tourism, languages and business, said: “This has been another busy year for all of our staff and students, especially as we have come out of the pandemic and related restrictions.

“We are delighted with our students’ progress in their chosen field of catering and know that the knife set they have received from the John Mather Trust will support them in the next phase of their hospitality journey.”

To mark the end of the academic year, departments gathered to celebrate students’ achievements with those who performed exceptionally well throughout the year being awarded ‘tools of the trade’.

Hospitality students were awarded industry standard knife sets, tool kits for the construction and motor vehicle students and there were styling scissors for the hairdressing students.

Professional cookery student, Ryan Hamilton, said: “I feel really lucky to receive such an amazing set of knives to take with me as I continue my next phase of training.

“My goal is to move on to specialise in pastries and I hope to undertake further patisserie training before entering the profession.”