Construction Experience helps build for the future

Students get to work

School pupils from ten secondary schools travelled to West Lothian College‘s Livingston campus to immerse themselves in an interactive construction experience recently.

After a welcome from the college principal, the pupils took part in a range of activities from electrical, carpentry and joinery, and thermal imaging to mono-blocking and plumbing. Some of the pupils contributed to the manufacture of picnic benches which are being donated to local charities.

Pupils took part in activities on hybrid technology using the college’s hybrid car to highlight developments towards sustainable transport and plant equipment in the construction industry.

At lunch time, pupils networked with college students and staff, and enjoyed a healthy lunch that was prepared and served by college hospitality students who started their course in January.

Pupils and teachers were surprised to hear about the variety of opportunities available in construction and many are now looking at possible careers in the industry.

Head of Construction Graham Clark said: “There are many exciting careers in construction and West Lothian College has lots of hands-on courses that prepare people for jobs in that industry.

“We work with a wide range of local and national companies to connect students to highly valued apprenticeships and work opportunities. It was great to see our staff and students inspiring the school pupils that took part in our Construction Experience.”

Lynda Poland from Cedarbank School said: “College staff and students have been great with our pupils. Our pupils enjoyed it a lot as well, getting to see all the different things there are to do at college. It’s been fantastic.”

The action-packed event was supported by the Developing Young Workforce regional group, construction industry body CITB, and the Edinburgh and Southeast Scotland City Region Deal.