Site visits give Hong Kong apprentices a taste of Scots construction advances

A group of 15 Hong Kong-based apprentices have visited the site of a new-build high school in Perth to learn about some of the digital advances in the Scottish construction sector.

The Robertson site team – which is delivering the new facility at Bertha Park – welcomed the apprentices from the Vocational Training Council (VTC) in Hong Kong as part of a training programme delivered in partnership with Forth Valley College.

The group also visited two Robertson sites in Edinburgh – the £12 million training centre for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service at Newbridge and the £12.8 million refurbishment of 10 George Street ahead of Standard Life Aberdeen’s move into the building.

Gemma Gourlay, Robertson’s director of social sustainability explained, “We were delighted to support Forth Valley College with this learning programme and provide the students with visits to three very different projects being delivered by our project teams, each using digital technology and modern construction methods in different ways.

“Robertson’s Digital Construction Strategy has seen us embed technology across the full project lifecycle to help deliver greater project certainty by enabling data driven decision making. The students really benefited from the visits and provided our project teams with some interesting questions.”

Andrew Campbell, international development manager at Forth Valley College added, “It’s fantastic that Robertson was able to support the site visits with each providing a great experience for the group. Forth Valley College pitched to host the three-week programme back in January.

“As part of our bid, we wanted to showcase college expertise in training and education as well as the expertise and capability of the Scottish construction and engineering sectors and the benefits of education and industry working together.”