Stu­dents learn about en­gi­neer­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rutherglen Rep - Dou­glas Dickie

Six pupils from Stonelaw and Trin­ity high schools were cel­e­brat­ing last week after com­plet­ing a 10-week Get Into En­gi­neer­ing project.

Carys Kelly, Christo­pher Laing, Gavin Mackle and Joshua Collins from Stonelaw and Fizra Za­far and Kieran Craig from Trin­ity have been al­ter­nat­ing be­tween site vis­its to Cuningar Loop and re­search ses­sions at the Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land since Septem­ber.

They were at the Olympia build­ing in Bridgeton last week to re­ceive their cer­tifi­cates.

The Get Into En­gi­neer­ing project was cre­ated in part­ner­ship be­tween Robert­son, the in­fra­struc­ture, support ser­vices and con­struc­tion group, the Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land (UWS), the In­sti­tu­tion of Civil En­gi­neers (ICE), and ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion company Clyde Gate­way.

It’s aim is to ad­dress the skills short­age in Scot­land by of­fer­ing stu­dents the chance to learn about the va­ri­ety of job op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist for en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates.

As well as gain­ing prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence or pro­gram­ming, project man­age­ment, de­sign and con­struc­tion, the pupils have also been in­volved in de­ploy­ing spe­cialised equip­ment be­ing used on-site to con­struct a raised tim­ber board­walk, which will run along the edge of the River Clyde.

The project also aims to en­cour­age more girls to con­sider en­gi­neer­ing as a ca­reer path, as cur­rently less than three per cent of char­tered civil en­gi­neers in Scot­land are women. In keep­ing with this goal, two of the high school pupils were fe­male, as were both univer­sity men­tors.

All the pupils who took part hailed the project as a mas­sive suc­cess.

In a spe­cial video pro­duced de­tail­ing their work at Cuningar Loop, Joshua Collins said: “For ages I wasn’t very sure what I wanted to do then this popped up.

“I was al­ways in­ter­ested in en­gi­neer­ing and I thought it would be a great chance to see what sort of things I could get in­volved in.”

Carys Kelly said: “There’s peo­ple in the class that could be re­ally in­ter­ested in en­gi­neer­ing but not had the op­por­tu­nity to see a project de­velop the way we have.”

Gemma Nicoll, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Robert­son, said they had been de­lighted to get in­volved in the project: “Get into En­gi­neer­ing al­lows high school pupils the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the in­dus­try and also get a feel for univer­sity life.”

Natalie Phillips, com­mu­nity ben­e­fits project man­ager at Clyde Gate­way, added: “The project pro­vides lo­cal young peo­ple with a prac­ti­cal in­sight into en­gi­neer­ing with the in­no­va­tive blend of on-site vis­its and univer­sity teach­ing en­abling them to look at the sub­ject mat­ter from a range of an­gles.”

En­gi­neer­ing project Pupils from Stonelaw and Trin­ity who com­pleted a 10 week Get into En­gi­neer­ing project with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Robert­son

Project work Pupils from Stonelaw and Trin­ity High schools, who com­pleted a 10 week Get into En­gi­neer­ing project with their stu­dent men­tors, Han­nah Simp­son (pur­ple top) and Weronika To­ma­lewska

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