En­gi­neer­ing a way to tackle the skills gap in the in­dus­try

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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