Taster session provides glimpse into potential construction careers

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ROBERTSON Group has teamed up with the CITB and Job Centre Plus to showcase the construction industry to potential future workers.

A taster session held at Robertson’s £35 million Stirling Care Village supports the Build Your Future programme, which was launched last year by CITB and Department for Work and Pensions to help increase access into the sector and raise skill levels.

A group of ten potential applicants received a tour of the site, which will eventually comprise a Care Hub and a Primary and Urgent Care Centre. They then visited the training zone to watch demonstrations and try their hand at activities including bricklaying and mono-blocking.

Employees of Robertson Central East provided support. David Cairns, managing director of Robertson Central East said, “It’s of the highest importance to Robertson to engage with bodies such as Job Centre Plus to make sure the opportunities within the built environment industry are on their radar. These sessions are critical in allowing anyone with an interest to identify areas that they would like to pursue while also building an understanding of what the role involves as well as any training and progression opportunities.

“Our support for Build Your Future forms part of a number of wider initiatives and programmes we have in place to ensure the future of the construction industry is safeguarded.”

Ian Hughes, CITB Scotland partnerships director added, “The Build Your Future campaign is a great example of effective partnership working to help attract more people into exciting and rewarding careers in construction. We’re working closely with industry and the DWP to deliver this year’s campaign, having been very encouraged by its success as a pilot last year.

“Along with Robertson’s taster session in Stirling, Build Your Future offers a variety of local events and activities via construction employers throughout the country, such as work placements, employability workshops and mock interviews.

“With over 150 different careers available – from drone operators to landscape architects, BIM managers to traditional stonemasons, there really is a career in construction for everyone. Our GoConstruct website has a host of information for anyone who might be interested.”