Engineering a way to tackle the skills gap in the industry
A group of 21 Trinity High School students took part in a workshop about the world of work in engineering, as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
Second year students took time out from their usual classes to attend the workshop which was delivered by Robertson, the integrated infrastructure, support services and construction group, and supported by the Construction Industry Trading Board( CITB).
The session was designed to teach youngsters about the range of engineering careers available and the skills required to work in the industry.
They also learned about how the skills they acquired at school could be applied in the construction world, with the pupils particularly enjoyed using slices of chocolate cake to demonstrate practical use of Pythagoras’ Theorem.
Student Ethan McGuire said: “Finding out about the skills involved in construction and practising these was fun. What’s more, we got to eat the cake!”
The real- life example of nearby regeneration project, Cuningar Loop, was used in the workshop. Robertson Civil Engineering is currently completing a £4million land remediation project in the area as part of the Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 scheme.
Robertson will be working with the school later this year to recruit pupils for the Get Into Engineering project. The programme, devised and managed by Clyde Gateway, is about to enter into its third year from this coming August and will provide pupils with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the Cuningar Loop site over a ten week period.
The Trinity High School visit is part of a number of community engagement events Robertson is holding across Scotland during Apprenticeship Week to encourage young people to consider a career in construction and engineering.
Gemma Nicoll, community development manager, at Robertson said: “We are proactively working to tackle the skills gap in the industry and an ideal way to do so is by connecting with schools and teaching young people about the world of construction in a fun and engaging way. We had great feedback about the workshop from pupils and teachers, with many of the students expressing an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.”
“We have lots more engagement events planned for 2015 with schools, colleges and universities across Scotland.”
Scientific Pupils from Trinity High School taking part in Scottish Apprenticeship Week