Building a secure future

Release Date: 22 June 2017

Schools from Dundee and Angus were represented at a one-day construction competition when the best pupils enrolled on D&A College skills for work course congregated at the Arbroath Campus to show off what they have learned in session 2016-17.

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From left: Bradley Duff, Christopher Anderson and Shaun Sterricks.

Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th year took part in  Construction Skills for Work classes running this session at D&A College, gaining experience of brickwork, electrical, joinery, painting, plastering, and plumbing as well as developing employability skills.

Pupils from eight schools in both Dundee and Angus took part in the competition which focused on joinery and painting skills.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee, there were medals for not only the winners but for all who took part.

Christopher Anderson from St Pauls RC Academy, Dundee, took top spot, with Arbroath HS pupil Shaun Sterricks runner-up and Bradley Duff from Grove Academy taking third place.

Construction skills for work is delivered over four periods each week, with some pupils coming into college and, in some cases, lecturers visiting the various schools.

“This was a very close contest with only 3.5 points between first and third places,” said Colin Johnson, course leader construction and technology.

“We are very pleased to have the support of the Nine Incorporated, as this helps finance materials and supplies the awards for the winners.

“There are several national competitions for construction apprentices but very little in the ‘early years’ group that are interested in this as a career.”