Site visits teach pupils about construction trade

Pupils Brechin learn about the tower crane.

Pupils Brechin learn about the tower crane.

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Pupils in Brechin were among 3,000 people to take part in activities and events aimed at inspiring the next generation of construction workers.

The events were organised by Robertson Group, the company constructing Brechin Community Campus.

Since the start of 2015, 3,107 children and young people from schools, colleges and universities across Scotland undertook site visits, work placements, graduate opportunities and training programmes at Robertson sites including Brechin Community Campus, Glasgow Caledonian University and Inverurie Care Village.

The events educate young people about the projects being undertaken in their area and help to address the skills shortage in Scotland by offering students the chance to learn about the job opportunities that exist in the sector.

Gemma Nicoll, Robertson’s community development manager, said: “With the recent skills gap forming in the construction sector, it’s very important now, to show young people the wide range of career opportunities within the construction sector.

“Robertson is pleased to be in a position to be able to provide people with that hands-on experience which they may not have normally been afforded. Our Young People Strategy has got off to a fantastic start in 2015, with lots of schools, colleges and universities taking part in the training available and we have plenty more planned across Scotland for the next nine months.”