Laying foundations for future careers at Barclay Street !

Springburn Academy Glasgow school pupils laid the foundations for their future careers with a day helping out at a construction site.

Ten S4 students from Springburn Academy tried out their skills at the Loretto Housing site at Barclay Street opposite their school. The pupils, who are all working towards a Construction Skills Certificate (CSC) qualification, tried their hands at bricklaying and plaster boarding on site.

The visit was arranged as part of a 12-week programme developed by McTaggart’s Community Benefit Officer to help students gain practical skills and experience needed to get ahead in their career through tutoring, career support and hands-on experience on the site.

It forms part of the Community Benefits programme created for Wheatley Group , which ensures that developments have a positive impact in the local area by creating jobs and training opportunities for the people who live there.

Assistant site manager, Craig Helders, who spent time with the pupils, said:

McTaggart Construction is committed to creating jobs and training opportunities on the Barclay Street site, one which goes a step beyond supporting careers days”

The new homes, a mixture of one-and-two bedroom flats and three-bedroom houses, are due to be completed by next summer. The development includes eight supported flats and four wheelchair flats for people with high support and mobility needs.