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Aimhigher Scotland Roadshow

Jim Bennett (Curriculum Manager of Bricklaying, Plumbing and Gas) and students from Ayr College discussing the opportunities in the construction
Jim Bennett (Curriculum Manager of Bricklaying, Plumbing and Gas) and students from Ayr College discussing the opportunities in the construction

Secondary school pupils got to grips with construction this week (11 & 12 October), when the Aimhigher Scotland Roadshow rolled into Cumnock Academy and Queen Margaret Academy in Ayrshire, to mark National Construction Week.

The Aimhigher Roadshow, a partnership between the Scottish Executive and The Royal Bank of Scotland, linked up with Ayr College’s Building & Construction Department to highlight how a further or higher qualification could lead to one of more than 700 different types of jobs available in construction every year.

The Roadshow encourages young people from backgrounds with little or no family experience of further or higher education, to go to college or university. Research conducted with S2 and S3 pupils, who experienced the roadshow last year, shows a 45 per cent positive shift in attitude towards further and higher education.

Allan Wilson, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning says: “It is important that our young people are able to make informed choices about their future after leaving school. There are lots of opportunities to move on to training or further or higher education and the Aimhigher roadshow plays an important part in giving that information in a way that is clear and appealing to young people. The Scottish Executive is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can and I want to ensure that the choices young people make are well informed and appropriate for them.”

Lee Chesterman, Youth Development Coordinator at Ayr College, commented: “We are delighted to join forces with Aimhigher Scotland and help pupils at Cumnock Academy and Queen Margaret Academy explore the routes into, and career opportunities, within the construction industry.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Senior Regional Manager for South West
Scotland, Karen McFadyen said: “As a local business we understand the value of further and higher education and training.

"The Royal Bank of Scotland is extremely proud to support such an important and successful campaign which helps ensure all our young people can reach their full potential."

Recent graduate, Eve Noon, facilitated both Roadshow events. She drew upon her own further and higher education experience to let pupils know about all the options and support that is available to them. Lee Chesterman and Jim Bennett, Curriculum Manager of Bricklaying, Plumbing and Gas also from Ayr College, discussed how education and training helped them get to where they are today with the help of former pupils from both schools, who are now studying trades at Ayr college.

Emma McDonald
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