Brechin pupil showcases construction skills at D&A College

Pictured are, from left, Kerr, Kane and Chris.

Pictured are, from left, Kerr, Kane and Chris.

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A Brechin High School pupil has scooped the title in a one-day construction competition at D&A College after beating off competition from others.

Kane Bisset (15) was competing against the best pupils enrolled at the college’s skills for work course.

He won first place, and received an engraved trophy, a souvenir medal and a £50 gift Voucher.

He beat off opposition from five other schools across Angus and Dundee who congregated at the Arbroath Campus to show off what they had learned in session 2014-15.

Around 100 school pupils take part in the initiative which offers experience of brickwork, electrical, joinery, painting, plastering, and plumbing as well as developing employability skills, and only the very best were invited to take part.

Such was the standard of competition that an independent assessor had to be brought in to separate Kane and runner-up Chris Rennie (16), of Webster’s High School, who earned the same number of points after a full day of tests in joinery and painting and decorating.

There were medals for runner up Chris and third placed Kerr Norval, of Arbroath High, plus gift vouchers for £30 and £10.

Construction skills for work is delivered to 15 and 16-year-olds over four periods each week, with some pupils coming into college and, in some cases, lecturers visiting the various schools.

Colin Johnson, course leader in construction and technology, said: “The competition is sponsored by the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee, and we are very pleased to have their support. There are several national competitions for construction apprentices but very little in the ‘early years’ group interested in this as a career.”