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 each student.

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. “