Scottish Apprenticeship Week
CITB Scotland provided a showcase of events between 20-24 May 2013 as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, including MSP visits and employer seminars.
The week began at the CITB’s National Construction College in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, where Derek Mackay MSP and third year pupils from local schools were given the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of construction trades, and learn about the construction apprenticeships that are currently available.
Graeme Ogilvy, Scotland Director for CITB said “We were extremely pleased that Derek Mackay MSP lent his support and came along to try out a few of the skills too. The pupils certainly enjoyed and appreciated all the different skills they could learn.”
MSPs were also on hand later in the week when CITB took part in an event at St Andrew’s Square Gardens in Edinburgh. Fiona Hyslop, Gavin Brown, Marco Biagi, Margaret McCulloch, Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack were among the visitors at the two day event and had the opportunity to watch and talk to construction apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills.
On Thursday 23 May, CITB Scotland invited 24 school students to an event at Dumfries House, Cumnock, which offered four, one hour sessions on traditional building skills such as stonemasonry, slating and bricklaying.
The event also included a seminar for school teachers and careers advisers looking at the careers potential in repair, maintenance and improvement of traditional buildings.
A further construction industry event was held at the new Forth Crossing education centre, in conjunction with Scottish Building Apprenticeship &Training Council (SBATC) and the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeships Council (SPADAC), to highlight career opportunities for women in construction.
With Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in attendance, and female construction ambassadors, girls from local schools were able to explore the range of opportunities available in construction.
Finally, in partnership with Scottish Building Apprenticeship & Training Council (SBATC), Perth College hosted an employer’s update seminar which focused on new craft framework and employment law issues.
There was also a careers advice session for candidates interested in becoming a construction apprentice.