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Robertson Help to 'Get Ready for Work'

A group of young people taking part in the Getting Ready for Work Scheme had a taste of life on a construction site yesterday.

The new west end primary school, currently being built by the infrastructure, support services and construction group Robertson in Glenagnes Road, hosted the visit.

Drawn from a range of different training providers including Hillcrest, Claverhouse and Barnardos the trainees had access to health and safety information, an overview of the programme, a practical session and an opportunity to put questions to project manager on the site, Mike Illsley.

He said: "Events like this give young people considering a career in the construction industry a valuable insight into what it is like to work on a large site as well as helping to develop practical skills.

"We are delighted to be able to help to bring new recruits into the industry and give something back to the communities we work in."

The £9.6m school will bring together St Joseph's and Park Place primary schools, as well as Park Place Nursery, on a shared campus at the former Logie Secondary School site.

As well as the steel frame building, which is already taking shape, external works include car parking, playground, grassed and planted areas together with an artificial grass play area.

The visit was hosted as part of the Robertson commitment to the Discover Opportunities Employability Accord, which has included three work placement opportunities for young people on the Get Ready for Work programme with local subcontractors, a CV workshop for unemployed young people and health and safety talks to local primary schools.

A large quantity of building materials including pallets and a number of double glazing units have also been donated to Claverhouse training to support construction training programmes and social enterprise activity.

Associated companies : Robertson Group, Eastern