09 Mar 2018
A group of lucky teenagers from King’s Park Secondary School have been given a special tour of the Scotway House student accommodation development as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
Five pupils took part in a tour of the site, which is currently being developed by GRAHAM Construction.
They learnt about the many different job roles working together to complete a construction project, showcasing the industry as a potential career option after they have finished school.
The youngsters also heard from Joe Lambie, Project Manager on the site, and apprentice Darren McHugh, who told the students about his time in the construction industry.
After leaving school at 17 and completing a vehicle body work repair course at college, Darren joined GRAHAM Construction as a labourer, moving on to a four-year apprenticeship after six months to become a qualified joiner.
Darren has now started a two-year apprenticeship as a trainee planner, attending college once a week to achieve a Higher National Certificate in Construction Management.
Scotway House is a 400 bed student accommodation development comprised of Studio and Cluster rooms across 15 floors.
Upon completion it will contain two restaurants, a library, individual study rooms, a bike storage and wash area as well as external terraced sections.
The B-listed Scotway House building was formerly the Meadowside Shipyard Office, which lay derelict for many years before being decimated by fire in 2016.
The property, built in 1885, was formerly a drawing office for engineers at the shipbuilding firm D&W Henderson.
Plans for several ocean-going liners, including the predecessor to Britannia, the Royal Yacht, were conceived there.
Breathing a new lease of life into the building, GRAHAM Construction is delivering the project on behalf of the Structured House Group and the project is due to finish in August 2019.
Gary Holmes, Scotland Managing Director at GRAHAM Construction: “This is an exciting project to be undertaking, creating the next phase for this historic building.
“Once finished, it’ll be one of the West End’s premier student accommodation developments, housing 400 residents as well as a range of other useful and high quality services.
“It’s fantastic to be able to show school pupils the early stages of such a major site, hearing first-hand about the various exciting ways to find employment within the construction industry.
“Developing our workforce is a key goal for GRAHAM and something we place a huge amount of focus upon – with a significant number of current employees entering the company via this route.”
GRAHAM is a member of the “5% Club”, an organisation consisting of companies committed to ensuring 5% of their workforce over the next five years is comprised of young people on structured learning schemes.
GRAHAM Construction’s 21st Century campaign will celebrate past and present apprenticeships this year, marking five years of the “5% Club”, to highlight the opportunities available to young people.
GRAHAM employs over 300 people in Scotland and has managed over 150 apprenticeships.