Pupils enjoy Vocational Bursts with Ayrshire College

Pupils enjoy Vocational Bursts with Ayrshire College

Pupils from St. Matthew’s Academy recently enjoyed a site visit to CCG’s building site at Peebles Street, Ayr.

The trip was organised as part of the group’s ‘vocational burst’ - an innovative approach to introduce hands-on college courses to S3 school pupils.

A number of curriculum areas at the College and schools across Ayrshire have embraced the short courses, which take place one afternoon per week over five or six weeks. The vocational bursts will help the pupils to make informed choices about potential careers.

This year the College has arranged vocational bursts in the areas of Construction Trades, Digital, and Hair and Beauty.

The Construction Trades group - from Saltcoats’ St. Matthew’s Academy - have been spending time at the College’s Nethermains Campus. They have been taking part in a number of activities involving trades such as plumbing, electrical, and bricklaying.

In their final week on the course, the pupils were shown how these jobs are carried out in the workplace. CCG’s site manager Derek Martin showed them around their building site at Peebles Street, where 39 flats are currently under construction.

Derek gave the pupils an induction involving health and safety information, before showing them around a couple of the flats and hearing from some of the construction workers involved in the project.

The pupils even got a chance to show off their skills in bricklaying, as Derek put on a practical task for them to enjoy. Each pupil had to try to lay a brick correctly under the watchful eye of Derek and one of the bricklayers on the site. If the pupils were feeling the pressure then they certainly didn’t show it, as one-by-one the pupils performed the task to the best of their ability.

Derek Martin, CCG site manager, said “It was a pleasure to provide a site tour for the pupils of St. Mathew’s Academy. During their visit, the pupils were given the opportunity to witness various aspects of a modern new-build project including bricklaying, timber kit erect, joinery work and plumbing. Hopefully the site visit has inspired these young men and women to pursue a career in construction.”

7 December 2018

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