Date: Thursday 09 April 2015
Site Manager Barry Watson at our Carnegie Grange development in Dunfermline recently gave three pupils aged 14-15 from Starley Hall School in Burntisland an insight into the construction industry by showcasing the range of skills and trades that are required.
Hoping to inspire the youngsters to consider choosing an apprenticeship in one of the many trades needed by the construction industry, Barry arranged a detailed site visit where the pupils had the chance to step inside a number of properties that are under construction, and see a variety of trades at work and how their skills are vital in the creation of new homes.
The pupils also got involved in a bricklaying masterclass, where they were set the challenge of building a small wall.
Barry says: “I was really thrilled to be able to assist Starley Hall with their request for three pupils to visit our development to learn a bit more about the construction industry.
“We need a whole host of tradespeople and their skills to be able to deliver the quality and craftsmanship that our customers expect when they buy a new home from us, but importantly we need to continue to attract new talent into the industry.
“The pupils enjoyed a detailed tour of the development, and we gave them the chance to learn simple bricklaying tasks – I was really delighted by how quickly they picked it up. Bricklaying looks simple to a bystander, but it’s much harder to lay bricks to the high standards that we expect than you think.”
Fraser Robb, class teacher, comments: “As our pupils approach the final years of the school, we’ve found it incredibly helpful to arrange field-trips to employers that offer the type of roles and careers that our young people are considering.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Barry and his team at Carnegie Grange for facilitating our trip – it’s definitely given a couple of the pupils a focus of how they’d like to shape their future careers.”
Carnegie Grange currently had a selection of three, four and five-bedroom properties available.