Adopt a School Initiative

It is important to invest time to train up the younger generation and encourage them to consider a career in construction.

To help prepare students for future training and employment in the industry, an ‘Adopt a school’ initiative was piloted.

This initiative involved the following:

  • The contractor funded IT equipment and the training of teachers in the local secondary school to carry out training for pupils in construction;
  • This gave them a qualification and grounding in construction;
  • The site’s involvement was as and when required, for example, when the pupils were learning the module about designing their building, the site invited their architect to go into the school and sit with the class to enable them to assist the pupils;
  • The site committed to funding the project for 2 years, this provided the school with the software to run the programme, training for two teachers on REVIT, 24 hours support from the DEC team, professional assistance with some of the modules, thereafter, the school was able to use the software for future years;
  • The team also worked with SQA to obtain accreditation.

This is the first partnership of its kind in Scotland.

This initiative was made possible through Design…engineer…construct! (DEC!), an accredited learning programme for secondary-school aged students. They apply pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices.

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Monitor Report, Kier Construction- Scotland, North Ayrshire, September 2015

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