Luddon Drives Skills for Life Training02 May 2016
Luddon Construction have partnered with Govan and Drumchapel High Schools to provide students with industry-recognised training to help prepare them for work in the construction industry.
In April 2015, Govan High School formally launched one of the first private sector backed construction industry pre-apprenticeship programmes in Scotland, with the project being extended to Drumchapel High School in August 2015.
The accredited training element of the initiative is being delivered through the Luddon Training Centre and includes qualifications such as CITB Health & Safety Awareness, manual handling, asbestos awareness and CSCS . The training has been chosen to supplement the vocational qualifications which the pupils are undertaking at school as part of the pre-apprenticeship programme.
The partnership has been generated as an outcome of the Wood Commission report, ‘Education Working For All!’. The report makes recommendations in relation to ‘producing better qualified, work ready and motivated young people with skills relevant to modern employment opportunities, both as employees and entrepreneurs of the future.’
The report also makes recommendations on how businesses and industry might provide pupils with more awareness of the wide range of careers available to them and encourages employers to consider the benefits of employing young people directly from high school education.
Now in its second academic year, the pre-apprenticeship programme which originated at Govan High has been extended to Drumchapel High with 17 pupils attending the Luddon Training Centre regularly. The pupils appreciate the opportunity to achieve valuable industry-recognised qualifications away from the school environment.
Feedback to date has been extremely positive from pupils, teachers and parents who have all seen an improvement in both attendance and attainment at school.
Luddon Director, Allan Randall, said, “This initiative will lead to closer relationships between companies, schools and colleges. In turn this will generate better training and employment opportunities for Scotland’s young workforce who have an interest in joining the construction industry. The initiative will also provide the construction industry with a much needed boost to the number of skilled workers. We are very proud to be involved with such an important programme”.