Glasgow company Speirs Gumley delivered an innovative careers event to pupils at Rosshall Academy in Crookston recently.
This was designed to give S4 and 5 pupils a taste of a trades careers in the property industry and was aimed at helping more young people find a job in this industry sector.
Speirs Gumley organised the Trades Day after signing up to the Glasgow Schools and Business Partnership programme, which was established by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow City Council.
The initiative encourages employers to partner up with a secondary school, actively participate in developing young people at the school, and help teachers to better understand the needs of different occupations and industry sectors. The aim is to increase employability by improving school leavers’ readiness for the world of work.
On Trades Day, Speirs Gumley brought together around 20 tradespeople from across the industry, including electricians, plumbers, builders, gas and lift engineers. They visited the school and met with pupils, offering valuable insight into their particular trade and answered a range of questions about how to get into the industry.
Stephen Murphy, Assistant Head Teacher at Rosshall Academy said: “The Speirs Gumley Trades Day was a great success and around 300 interested pupils came along.
“Some of our pupils aren’t looking to go on into further education, but weren’t fully aware of the alternatives available to them, so to be able to meet people who have learned such a wide range of trades, and to be able to have a chat with them about their jobs was an excellent opportunity for the students here at Ross Hall Academy.”