Morrison Construction encourages the next generation to take part in industry

Local high school pupils toured Morrison Construction’s £8.5m St Paul’s Primary School and Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre site in Paisley on Thursday as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Published: 08 March 2018
Capability: Building
Market: Communities

The tour was on International Women’s Day and part of the Young Women into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative to encourage pupils to consider applying for apprenticeships by creating connections between businesses, colleges and schools.

This initiative was supported by Morrison Construction and other local business in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Developing the Young Workforce West, Invest in Renfrewshire and West College Scotland.

Senior Site Manager Scott Clements and Trainee Quantity Surveyor Lisa McMullen took the pupils on the tour.

‘‘It was great to show the pupils around the site, tell them about the works being undertaken and the career opportunities that exist in the construction industry,’’ Scott said.

‘‘It was the first time the pupils had set foot on a construction site so I think it was valuable learning experience.’’

St Paul’s Primary School and Foxlea Early Learning and Childcare Centre due to open later in the year will house 212 pupils, with an integrated communication unit for a further 24 young people at the shared campus. It has capacity for 80 pre-five children while an adult learning and literacy centre can house up to 10 students.

The new school site features outdoor leaning spaces including a canopied area designed for use by smaller groups of pupils. All formal learning spaces link directly to covered outdoor spaces which, in turn connect to outdoor play areas.