15 June 2017
Dalbeattie High School building towards a better future
Construction students from Dalbeattie High School in South West Scotland attended a ceremony recently to celebrate their successful completion of the CREST Awards scheme.
The event served as a graduation for the talented young
people who earned a CREST Bronze Award through the school’s partnerships with
Dumfries and Galloway College and GRAHAM Construction. College staff was so impressed with the
students that they commissioned a commemorative medal, sponsored by GRAHAM, for
The CREST Awards scheme was established in 1986 and
provides a real-life experience of working on STEM projects in industries like
construction, allowing students to experience the project process; improving
their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.
S2 students from the high school visited the site
where GRAHAM is building the new Dalbeattie Learning Campus. They were given an
induction into health and safety, sustainable building techniques, design and
materials. They also learnt about how a construction project is planned from
inception to completion. In addition
they undertook a detailed schedule of classroom activities.
The £26.5M Dalbeattie Learning campus will house
the town’s brand new nursery, primary and secondary schools. It is being delivered
by hub SW on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council through the Scottish
Government's ‘Scotland's Schools for the Future programme’. GRAHAM is
undertaking the construction work.
Gary Holmes, GRAHAM Regional Director for Scotland
said: “Construction is a rewarding long-term career option and we are
continually working to attract the next generation of workers through similar,
structured learning schemes.”
Kenny Hilsley, Curriculum Leader for construction
at Dumfries and Galloway College, said: “It was a fantastic experience for the
pupils where they were able to develop key skills using construction as the
vehicle for learning. “