Masterclass in construction for pupils

2nd June 2021

Procast are dedicated to the cause of creating benefits for the communities in which they work.

So last week, Site Manager Gerry Bonham escorted a group of pupils around the construction site situated in the grounds of their very own school.

It was an opportunity for the teenagers, who have already expressed an interest in the possibility of pursuing a career in construction, to get “hands-on” at St Ninian’s High School in East Renfrewshire.

The boys and girls were also accompanied by South Lanarkshire Joinery lecturer Colin Keenan, who has been giving them insight into the building industry and the various career disciplines it encompasses.

Gerry gave the pupils a full induction in the site office, equipped them with PPE, gave them a tour of the site and explained various activities and demonstrated how some of the machinery operated.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “The pupils had a really enjoyable experience – and it gave them a chance to see what construction is like first-hand. Our thanks go to Gerry and the team for being so accommodating and so helpful.”

Gerry added: “It was great having these young people on site – and you could see the enthusiasm in their eyes.”

Colin said: “Education – both at school and at college – is key to a fruitful career in construction, and I think we managed to highlight that today.”

The £1.8million project to extend St Ninian’s involves the creation of a single-storey modular building that will accommodate six classrooms, a plant room and male, female and accessible toilet facilities.

The project also includes floor, wall and ceiling finishes, fitted furniture, loose furniture and mechanical, electrical and plumbing services. External works include retaining walls and making good surfacing and drainage works.

Work commenced towards the end of last year and handover is scheduled for the summer.



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