Politicians join calls to attract fresh talent into construction

Patricia Gibson MP and Kenneth Gibson MSP meet Kier Group apprentices

TWO local politicians have visited the site of the new Garnock Community Campus as part of a bid to encourage more people to consider a career in construction.

With more than 21,000 new jobs in the sector tipped to be created over the next five years, Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, and Kenny Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North, paid their visits during Open Doors 2016, a joint initiative between the CITB and Build UK.

North Ayrshire Council is investing £42.2 million in the campus to provide educational and community facilities including a six lane swimming pool and fitness suite. 

The construction work is being undertaken by Kier Construction Scotland, who are working in partnership with the Council via hub South West.

Mr and Mrs Gibson met with apprentices and heard what a career in construction can offer. Patricia Gibson MP said, “I was pleased to see how well the campus is coming along. Once completed it will be a superb facility for the community. I was also happy to hear from the apprentices I met about how they have benefited from the experience of working on the site.

“It’s a great example of how projects like this can help to train the next generation  of construction workers that we so desperately need in Scotland.”

Kenny Gibson MSP added, “After experiencing Open Doors today, I would encourage everyone thinking of a career in construction to go for it! Construction needs more people coming into the industry to help build Scotland’s schools, bridges and roads.”