Local children put hands on construction skills

Mount Carmel Primary School’s P7 class has been shown the basics of construction in a hands-on learning session, thanks to a joint initiative by Barratt Homes West Scotland and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) designed to encourage the youngsters to consider a career in the industry.

30 pupils joined in the activities, learning about building and construction before working together to build their own giant tetrahedron.

The classroom activity will be followed with a visit to Barratt Homes’ Westlin Walk development in Kilmarnock next spring, where the children will see the skills they have learnt in action and take a tour of the finished product when they visit the development’s show home.

Craig McFarlane, Construction Manager for Barratt Homes West Scotland, said:

“The construction sector is once again a thriving industry in Scotland, and we’re keen to encourage people of all ages to consider a career in the industry. Thanks to our partnership with the CITB, we’ve been able to introduce children at Mount Carmel Primary to the basics of construction from a young age and, importantly, in today’s session the children have also been made aware of the importance of safety on and around construction sites”.

Lindajane Sutherland, Construction Careers Adviser for CITB, said:

“The construction industry hosts a wide range of careers, and by sharing the basics we hope to provide children with the information they need about the industry when it comes to making key decisions about their future in just a few years’ time. By visiting Barratt Homes’ Westlin Walk, they’ll be able to cement the skills they’ve learned by seeing them in practice and viewing the finished product”.

On completion, Westlin Walk will feature 84 three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached homes in Kilmarnock. Prices start from £157,995.

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