Launch of Educational Festival 2018

Celebrating young people with the launch of the First Trades House Education Festival

The Trades House of Glasgow launches its first Education Festival in 2018, creating a unified platform for the many educational projects it supports and runs. 

The majority of these projects come to a climax during the first two weeks of June, and include: The Trades House of Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards, Craftex, The School Craft Competition, Citizenship Competition and the Trades House of Glasgow Lecture (which this year is being held at the University of Glasgow).  The hugely successful Burns Festival was held at the beginning of the year with over 100 talented school children from all over the city showcasing their musical and reciting talents in Trades Hall.

The Trades House is also supporting 'Determined to Make Movies 2018' with schools from across the city competing to write, produce, film and star in their own movies.

The Education Festival is a unique event within Glasgow, bringing together a wide range of educational establishments including the city's schools, colleges, universities and apprenticeship programmes.

craftex winner 2017

Alistair Dorward, Deacon Convener of Trades House, said: "We are delighted to be bringing all of these initiatives under one banner to celebrate the talent and commitment of young people within the city.  In this, the Year of Young People, we are aiming to highlight the hard work and dedication of many young people to overcome sometimes difficult circumstances and maximising the opportunities open to them.  The Trades House of Glasgow aims to help motivate and reward them for their efforts."

"The skills they learn by taking part in one of the Educational Festival's projects not only often lead to employment opportunities but are useful and transferable to the work place."

Alistair continued: "It is always wonderful to see Trades Hall filled with young people during the many events in June.  Last year the Trades House of Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards was an amazing evening, with remarkable young apprentices showing their skills and the lengths they go to, to succeed in their area of expertise.   The following day, we open Craftex and invite the public to come into Trades Hall and see the exceptionally high standards of project work, including dressmaking, jewellery, furniture making, metal work and high-tech entries.  We would encourage everyone with an interest in any craft areas, modern or traditional, or who simply want to look at some beautiful objects and the skills of our youth, to pop into Trades Hall on Glassford Street for the free exhibition!"

The Trades House of Glasgow's roots are embedded in education having been the home of a school for the children of craftspeople.  By 1844, 216 pupils attended the 'Trades Free School': 50% boys and 50% girls.  The Education Act of 1872 placed the responsibility for education on the state and marked the end of the Trades Free School.  Since then, Trades House has been dedicated to continuing its promotion and support of educational projects, along with helping the people of Glasgow.