Moray pupils receive construction sector insight

PUPILS across Moray have been taking part in construction workshops with the aim of encouraging collaboration between education and industry.

The ‘Constructing Your Future’ events were developed and hosted by Robertson and Moray Council as part of the ‘Moray Skills Pathway’ initiative.

Four bespoke workshops featured insights into specific roles within the construction sector including project planning, joinery skills, the use of virtual reality in BIM and different engineering practices.

The sessions at Moray College were attended by over 115 pupils from eight secondary schools in the region.

Jade O’Hara, regional engagement co-ordinator at Robertson Northern said, “It’s so encouraging to see that there are so many young people in the Moray area who want to explore a career in the construction industry. What we are aiming to do with our commitment to the Moray Skills Pathway is demonstrate that there are a huge variety of roles within the sector.

“The construction sector in Moray is set to grow by 10% over the next five years, and we want to ensure young people are fully informed of the exciting opportunities available and the routes for all approach within the industry. Our work with the Moray Skills Pathway is in part of the ongoing commitment that we have with Developing the Young Workforce and our own Young People Strategy – something that we are really passionate about.”

As part of the Moray Skills Pathway, Robertson is chairing the Construction Sector group and works alongside the CITB, Springfield Properties, AES Solar Ltd, Balfour Beatty, Morrison Construction, Moray Council, Breedon Aggregates and Moray College.

Maxine Scott, education support officer at Moray Council added, “The “Constructing your Future” event is one in a series of sector days to support S3 pupils to make more informed choices about subject choices. With it being led by industry it has a real employability message on the broad range of careers available locally, and outlines the fast moving developments for future jobs in the sector. The feedback from the pupils has been fantastic and they real value the opportunity to speak to the employers face to face.”