Stuart Wilson’s Business World

Jun 8 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)

SCHOOLKIDS from across Ayrshire have been given an insight into their dream jobs.

Pupils who want to crack the construction industry joined some of Scotland’s best-known names in the sector to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

It was all part of a two-day event at the National Construction College (NCC) in Inchinnan.

The event was organised by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for construction, in partnership with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship Training Council.

And it provided pupils with taster sessions in activities such as scaffolding, plant operation and ceiling fixing.

A seminar for more than 20 construction organisations, including Cruden Building & Renewal and MacTaggert & Mickel Homes, also took place to provide employers with information on the logistics involved in employing an apprentice, such as apprenticeship registration terms and conditions, and the availability of grants.

Graeme Ogilvy, director for ConstructionSkills in Scotland, said: “Our apprentices are the future life-blood of the construction industry, and so it is crucial that we work with these young people, and those within the industry to safeguard the future growth of the sector.

“This two-day event allowed pupils to get a feel for the industry and give them the opportunity to sample the possible apprenticeship areas they might want to choose as a career option one day.

“It will also allow us to speak to some of Scotland’s key construction employers to ensure they are fully aware of the enormous business benefits apprentices offer, and up to date on the support and grants available to those interested in employing apprentices.”

ConstructionSkills chose to host the event at its training division the National Construction College (NCC), due to the wide range of apprenticeship training and first class facilities that the College provides.

NCC Scotland is one of eight NCC campuses across the UK, which together train up to 30,000 apprentices and adult learners each year.

The Ayrshire schools taking part in the two-day event included Prestwick Academy, Belmont Academy, James Hamilton Academy, St Joseph’s Academy and Kilmarnock Academy.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week saw ConstructionSkills host and support a series of events to champion apprenticeships, showcase skills and encourage more construction employers to take apprentices into the fold.

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