Robertson Group helps Clyde Gateway pupils kick-start a career in construction
School pupils from the Clyde Gateway area are celebrating their graduation from a course designed to introduce them to the construction industry.
Fifteen budding engineers from Eastbank Academy, St Mungo’s Academy and Trinity High School took part in the ten-week ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme, run in collaboration between Robertson Group, Clyde Gateway, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
Designed to provide academic and practical insight into the application of engineering, participating students were assigned project work on live Robertson projects.
Gemma Gourlay, director of social sustainability, Robertson Group, said: “This is the third year that we have delivered this programme, working in partnership with Clyde Gateway and the schools to introduce the pupils to the diverse careers available within engineering and the wider construction industry.
“The ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme offers varied activities, allowing the pupils to identify their strengths and interests through practical work, hands-on classroom exercises and talks from industry experts. It’s brilliant to support such a positive initiative that has a lasting impact on the next generation of construction engineers.”
As part of the programme, the pupils carried out project work at Robertson Central construction sites, including piling and steelwork activities at Collegelands in Glasgow and an introduction to civil engineering at the Huntershill sports complex in Bishopbriggs.
They also attended training sessions held by Robertson Central, where they received an introduction to mechanical and electrical engineering.
As part of efforts to promote the construction industry and careers it has to offer, Robertson Group provide a variety of different activities and programmes with numerous stakeholder groups, engaging with over 23,500 young people between April 2016 and March 2017.
Ann-Marie Burns, Project Manager (Education, Business and Community Growth), Clyde Gateway, said: “It’s great to see these young people successfully graduating from ‘Get Into Engineering’ – just one of the many programmes we carry out with Clyde Gateway schools to help prepare pupils for the world of work.
“‘Get Into Engineering’ has proven to be a very popular and successful part of our on-going efforts, and in previous years a number of the young people have pursued engineering further in terms of work, college or university.
“There is no doubt that the involvement of Robertson has been a key component in the achievement of such excellent outcomes, including the enjoyable, interesting and informative site visits.
“The programme also focuses on the essential skills that employers are looking for, such as team working, leadership, problem solving, planning and organising. The selection process that pupils need to go through to get onto the programme, including taking part in an interview, really helps prepare them for what will happen in real life.”
Dr Ashwini Konanahalli, Lecturer in construction management, University of the West of Scotland, said: “The ‘Get Into Engineering’ programme is a great opportunity for secondary school participants to develop their engineering and scientific prospects.
“During the programme, UWS academic staff and researchers from the Engineering and Computing department explained, demonstrated and promoted their research and discipline areas through presentations, tours and workshops.
“We at UWS are strongly committed to this initiative and hope to inspire and encourage young pupil to take up engineering.”
Anne Porter, Head of Faculty, Engineering, Construction and Science, Glasgow Kelvin College, said: “We are delighted to be involved, for the second year running, with the ‘Get Into Engineering’ initiative.
“The pupils attended the college for a hands-on workshop experience, introducing them to the skills involved in electronic and electrical engineering, providing pupils with experience of a workshop environment and helping develop employability skills.
“The programme is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn about the wise range of careers in engineering.”
Cara Allan, a fifth year pupil at Trinity High School said: “I enjoyed everything about ‘Get Into Engineering’, especially the visit to Kelvin College where we learned about all the different paths there were into engineering.
“I’ve always been interested in engineering, but this has shown me all the different types of jobs that are out there, and I am now certain that I want to pursue a career in civil engineering.”