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
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
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.