Why should young people join the Scottish construction industry?
A big part of my job is to work with a range of key partners to promote the fantastic range of opportunities available within the Scottish construction industry.
When people ask me why they should choose construction over other sectors, I say: look all around you and speak to people who have found really satisfying careers in the industry.
Throughout Scotland, we are blessed with iconic and beautiful buildings; some centuries old, others more modern.
Take, for example, the new Forth Replacement Crossing – surely one of the most inspirational designs in Scottish construction and engineering in a generation.
And you don’t just take it from me. Eve McEwan, who grew up in South Queensferry, was asked to speak at the launch of a new Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in civil engineering – an initiative that enables young people who are still at school to experience what a career in this field would involve.
She told the audience she had been so inspired by the bridges across the Forth when she was growing up that she was determined to become a civil engineer. I’m happy to say she did, and now works for Graham Construction in Edinburgh.
Another person I would like to mention is Sophie Turner, who is working in the heritage building sector. As an apprentice stonemason at Orkney’s St Magnus Cathedral, she is gaining many useful skills on her apprenticeship and is very lucky to be going to work each day at such an inspirational building!
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