Developing building skills for young people – Edinburgh City Council

Two innovative building festivals take place in Edinburgh as part of Scottish Careers Week with over 120 pupils.

Both events, at Royston Wardieburn Community Center (Wednesday November 9) and Gate 55 Community Center (Thursday November 10), invited local schools to attend, including Wester Hailes, Forrester, St Augustines, Gorgie Mills, Trinity, Broughton and Craigroyston.

Council providers involved in the regeneration of Wester Hailes and North Edinburgh (including Granton and Pennywell/Muirhouse) provide a wide range of inspirational talks, hands-on demonstrations of practical skills and showcasing the use of technology and net zero principles in construction during the course of both events.

During the pandemic, Edinburgh City Council, in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce, offered the Build Your Future scheme which aims to promote the full range of various construction careers to young people at four secondary schools in the city.

As a result of this successful pilot project, a number of the Council’s building-related contractors have now partnered with each secondary school and five specialist schools and will be offering Build Your Future this school year.

These school partnerships are set up to address skills shortages in the construction industry, both in traditional construction trades and in professional and back-office roles. It also aims to encourage a more diverse and inclusive workforce by starting to work closely with S1 students to give them insight into construction.

Edinburgh City Council has focused on maximizing the benefits that can be achieved through community benefit clauses in supplier contracts to create the capacity to deliver these partnerships and events for the benefit of young people and of their communities.

Cammy Day, Leader of Edinburgh City Council, said:

Edinburgh is really leading the way in hosting these construction festivals, as they tangibly highlight the range of diverse careers that are open to young people in the construction industry.

These two festivals, along with the Skills Academy we launched in May, show our partnership approach to helping our young people provide them with the skills and experience they need to find a job. Thank you to the various teams of the Council who made all these undertakings possible.

There have been substantial financial investments in these regeneration programs by both the Council and its partners and they are a fantastic example of the public and private sectors working together to strengthen the communities in which they work.

James Russell, Director of CIAG (Career Information Advice Guidance) Operations at Skills Development Scotland, said:

We are delighted to officially launch our new virtual reality construction activity My World of Work Live in partnership with Balfour Beatty during the Construction Careers and Skills Festival. This comes at a fantastic time as we celebrate Scottish Careers Week and events like this are a great example of how young people are learning about the world of work and learning about the opportunities available to them in exciting ways.

Using the new experiential virtual reality system and flying drones as part of our World of Work Live Drones in Construction activity, students will have the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they will need for the future, whatever whatever sector they choose. work in.

Emma Duncan, Program Delivery Manager for Young Workforce Development (DYW), said:

DYW is delighted to support the North Edinburgh and Wester Hailes build festivals. The festivals will have a big impact in inspiring young people, as well as showcasing the range of career paths and paths to a career in the industry.

Scott Miller, Chairman of the National Federation Roofing Contractors Scotland, said:

The NFRC is delighted to continue to work with Edinburgh City Council to promote construction as a career of choice to young people in the city.

It is imperative to promote the diversity of roles within the industry to help young people make informed choices about their future careers. The NFRC looks forward to continuing to work with the council to educate young people in Edinburgh about potential careers in the sector.

Council teams involved in skills projects include: Housing Strategy and Development, Mixed Tenure Improvement Service (MTIS), Development and Regeneration, Sustainable Development, Waterfront D ‘Edinburgh and Business/Supply Services and Customer and Digital Services.