GRAHAM Construction builds rapport with primary students
The firm teamed up with St John's Primary School in Edinburgh in a bid to encourage more children to consider construction as a career option
Posted by Julian Owen | March 13, 2018 | Events
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Looking to encourage careers in construction, GRAHAM Construction hosted pupils from Edinburgh's St John’s Primary School as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018.

More than 150 Primary Five to Primary Seven pupils attended the event on Wednesday 7 March.

‘My World of Work’ was made up of workshops and activities designed to teach the students about the various roles within the industry.

The team was made up of an Apprentice Engineer, a Planner, a Quantity Surveyor and a Community Benefits Advisor, each giving students an overview of their role and outlining the importance of these position when building a school.

The pupils, in groups of 12, made their way through each activity, working closely with the GRAHAM employees, asking questions about the industry along the way.

The new two-storey St John’s Primary School is being built on the site of the former Portobello High School, and will provide accommodation for 15 purpose-built classrooms, a general purpose classroom, social space and excellent sporting facilities.

The £10M project, which started in June 2017, is planned to complete this summer. GRAHAM Construction was successfully appointed to Lots 7 and 8 of the four-year framework in December 2016.

Gary Holmes, Regional Managing Director at GRAHAM Construction said: “It’s important that we work with our local schools and colleges to highlight the great opportunities that are available within the construction industry and the number of different job roles that are needed throughout a project.

“Apprenticeships are a vital part of growing our workforce and building a team with great skills and experience. Scottish Apprenticeship Week gives us the chance to celebrate the past and existing young people at GRAHAM Construction that continue to develop and work their way through the company, while encouraging apprentices of the future to choose a career within the industry.”

GRAHAM is a member of the “5% Club”, an organisation consisting of companies committed to ensuring 5% of their workforce over the next five years is comprised of young people on structured learning schemes.