Coatbridge pupils receive insight into construction careers

PUPILS from St Andrew’s High in Coatbridge got a taste of what life is like in construction after touring CALA Homes’ Jordanhill Park development recently.

The youngsters spent a day on-site at the former Jordanhill College Campus. They are part of a Prince’s Trust Achieve group, designed to help young people build confidence and knowledge through experiential learning.  CALA entered a four year partnership with The Prince’s Trust in 2016.

The group received a walk round of the site, where 400 new homes are due to be built by 2024, and received talks from CALA workers and subcontractors, including bricklayers, decorators, electricians and scaffolders.

Chris Shaw, principal teacher of attainment at St Andrew’s High School said, “We’d like to say a huge thanks to CALA for organising this trip. All the pupils who went along are keen to explore careers in construction and trades, so getting to come to such a major development and see behind the scenes and hear from all the different tradespeople has been invaluable.”

David Sutherland, project director at CALA Homes (West) added, “It was great to have the pupils on-site and to give them an insight into the wide variety of opportunities the construction industry can offer. We’re really proud of our partnership with The Prince’s Trust, and getting to host visits like this is such an important part of that. Hopefully the children found it to be an interesting day and they’ve gone away knowing more about the diversity of careers available in the construction industry.”