Help­ing to build their fu­ture in con­struc­tion

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Pupils at St Mo­dan’s High have been show­cas­ing key skills for ca­reers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try to Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney.

The Min­is­ter, also re­spon­si­ble for ed­u­ca­tion and skills, at­tended an event at the school on Wed­nes­day, held as part of its Build Your Fu­ture Week’

Fig­ures from the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Body (CITB) show the Scot­tish build­ing trade will need 21,000 new en­trants at all lev­els from ap­pren­tices to grad­u­ates over the next 10 years just to meet cur­rent de­mand.

Pupils were shown at the event how the in­dus­try sup­ports roles such as lawyers, ac­coun­tants, ecol­o­gists and soft­ware de­sign­ers.

Mr Swin­ney said:“The con­struc­tion in­dus­try is one of the largest providers of ap­pren­tice­ships and this event high­lights the many op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

“I have met so many en­thu­si­as­tic young peo­ple here at St Mo­dan’s who are in­ter­ested in the range of skills and spe­cialisms avail­able in con­struc­tion and how they can pre­pare to en­ter the in­dus­try.”

Head­teacher Ray O’Neill said:“It is im­por­tant our young peo­ple are fully aware of the range of ca­reer path­ways open to them from higher and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion to modern ap­pren­tice­ships and grad­u­ate ap­pren­tice­ships.”

Build Your Fu­ture week was aimed to in­spire young peo­ple to ex­pand their hori­zons as they con­sider their fu­ture ca­reers.

It is tak­ing place this week and was or­gan­ised by the school, busi­ness part­ners, Stir­ling Coun­cil, Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land and DYW Forth Val­ley.

Young peo­ple from ev­ery year group were able to ex­plore the world of work by ex­am­in­ing ca­reer path­ways linked to ev­ery cur­ric­u­lar area.

Among the other high­lights was a fo­cus on the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy in the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, with in­sight from au­thors and so­cial me­dia ex­perts, along with a glimpse into the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

The coun­cil’s chil­dren and young peo­ple con­vener Coun­cil­lor Su­san McGill said:“We have big plans to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for work in ar­eas such as the dig­i­tal in­dus­try, con­struc­tion and hos­pi­tal­ity.”

Tory ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Coun­cil­lor Bryan Flan­na­gan, added:“I would like to see a range of th­ese events co­or­di­nated across all our high schools ev­ery year so all pupils, from ev­ery area, can get ac­cess to them.”

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