In November St Modan's High School's ‘Build Your Future’ week inspired over 1100 young people to expand their horizons as they consider their future careers. Organised by the school in collaboration with local business partners, Stirling Council, Skills Development Scotland and DYW Forth Valley, it allowed young people from every year group to explore the world of work by examining career pathways linked to every curricular area.
Recent figures from the Construction Industry Training Body (CITB) show that the Scottish construction industry will need 21,000 new entrants at all levels from apprentices to graduates over the next 10 years just to meet current demand. Pupils took part in a variety of activities and workshops to help equip them for the wide range of opportunities available within the growing Scottish construction sector. The week's programme also extended across Forth Valley with pupils from 11 other schools benefiting from visiting the school to take part in some of the activities on offer.
The event was designed to deconstruct the myths of the construction industry, which supports roles such as lawyers, accountants, designers, ecologists and software designers.
Linda Soutar from Construction Scotland’s 'Inspiring Construction' programme, said: "Construction is a tremendously exciting industry that is about so much more than just hard hats and high-vis vests. Our 'Inspiring Construction' programme aims to attract more school leavers to join the sector by letting them know about the huge and diverse range of careers available, and importantly, how to access them. From engineering and surveying, to 3D visualisation, not to mention the more traditional trades such as joinery, I hope this event has demonstrated that this industry really does have a career to suit everyone."