Building a career in Barrhead

SCHOOL leavers interested in a career in construction are invited to an open day for Reid Kerr college.

The Renfrewshire-based college is hosting an event on Tuesday (August 14) in partnership with East Renfrewshire council, in the hope of attracting potential students.

The construction skills course – beginning on September 3 – is funded through Skills Development Scotland’s Get Ready for Work programme, and training includes an intermediate 2 award in construction, as well as series of units on brickwork, carpentry, joinery, roofing and plumbing.

The aim of the course is to provide employability skills, and health and safety training, as well as a focus on team work, are also included.

Elaine Cheatley, who manages the programme for ERC, commented: “This course gives a great opportunity to young people in East Renfrewshire who are interested in pursuing a career in a construction trade.

“The course will be delivered locally in Barrhead and the youngsters will receive first class training linked to work experience with a local employer – plus they receive £55 per week”.

Tommy Reilly, senior lecturer at Reid Kerr’s skills centre in Barrhead, added: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to enhance their employment skills and forge relationships with potential employers”.

The open day takes place between 10am and 2pm at the Reid Kerr centre, on Roberston Street in Barrhead, where staff will provide further details and information on how to apply.