Dalziel High School has launched an Education/Business partnership with Bellway Homes to raise awareness of the many key careers within the construction industry.
The partnership will help young people develop skills for work and expose them to the variety of pathways in this sector.
Activities planned include a work experience programme with a group of 12 fourth year pupils becoming involved in overseeing the construction of a house plot from start to completion at the award-winning housebuilder’s Heritage Gate development in Motherwell.
This pioneering programme will take place every Wednesday afternoon and at key stages in the house build.
In addition one lucky sixth year pupil will be mentored by the company through a construction management course, with plans for Bellway to sponsor the pupil through a construction degree at university.
Bellway will also attend Career Fayres and Developing the Young Workforce events to highlight the opportunities available within the construction industry.
Robert Birch, Rector Dalziel High School said “We are excited about the new opportunities and experiences that this partnership will offer our pupils, we really appreciate the way Bellway are supporting our school and our community “
Andy Borland, Head of Construction (West Scotland) for Bellway, said: “As a company we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we build and we are delighted to support this partnership with Dalziel High which is just a short walk from our popular Heritage Gate development in the town.
“Some of the pupils may already know the development either from visiting friends there or may even live there themselves so will, I am sure, be very interested to see a plot of land being transformed into a family home.
“The construction industry directly and indirectly employs almost 3 million people in the UK today but is facing a significant shortfall, with women in particular being under-represented with just 14% of the workforce being female. “It is important that the housebuilding industry encourages young people to be aware of the huge range of rewarding jobs within the industry – from IT and office managers to skilled tradesman and site managers, land buyers and architects, the list is endless.
“We are looking forward to taking part in this partnership and hopefully some of the pupils will go on to have successful careers in the industry.”
Heritage Gate is an attractive development of three, four and five bedroom homes in a sought after location in Motherwell. For further information, contact Bellway Homes